Physics 140
The Greenhouse Effect







Spring 2016
Mondays, Wednesdays 2:50 - 4:10 p.m.
MU Room 210

Course Instructor:  Prof.  Premi Chandra                                                                          Email:pchandra@physics.rutgers.edu                                                                              
Office Hour:  TBD
                     
                       

                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Overview:  In this class, we'll discuss the basics of the greenhouse effect for a non-technical audience.  A key goal of the course is that the students develop the energy literacy and quantitative dexterity necessary to evaluate for themselves arguments presented in public policy discussions of global warming and climate change.

Course Texbooks:  D. Archer,  Global Warming:  Understanding the Forecast (2nd Edition), (John Wiley and Sons, 2011),
                                B. Richter,  Beyond Smoke and Mirrors:  Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century
                                                        2nd Edition), 
(Cambridge University Press, 2014) 
                               
J. Rockstrom and M. Klum, Big World Small Planet, (Yale University Press, 2015)

Iclickers:                i>clicker+



Syllabus


Week of
Monday
Wednesday
Jan. 18



Introduction/Overview


Jan. 25

Energy and Power

Temperature



 

Energy and Power

Heat and Light

HW 1 (due W 2/3 11:55 p.m.)
GW Reading
BSM Reading


Feb. 1

Energy and Power

Energy vs. Power



Energy and Power

Light and Blackbody Radiation

Feb. 8

Energy and Power

Chasing Ice




Energy and Power

A Simple Climate Model
Feb. 15

Energy and Power

More on a Simple Climate Model





Energy and Power

Greenhouse Gases:  Which Ones are They?

Feb. 22
Energy and Power

How can a Gallon of Gasoline
Produce 20 lbs of CO2?






Energy and Power

More about Energy Consumption
and Conversion



Feb. 29

Energy and Power

Review for First Hour Exam




First Hour Exam



March 7

Global Warming

Weather and Climate


                                                                                           
  
                         Global Warming     

                        Radiative Forcing              

          
                 
March 14

Spring Break!

Spring Break!


March 21

Global Warming

Land and Sea Ice in Antartica



Global Warming

The 2 Degree C Goal


March 28

Global Warming


Our Carbon Budget



Global Warming


The Carbon Reserves





April 4

Global Warming

Review for Second Common Hour Exam


Second Common Hour Exam

  
 





April 11

Decisions, Decisions

Tragedy of the Commons

Decisions

The Climate Doubters



April 18

Decisions, Decisions

Kaya Equation

Decisions, Decisions

Stabilization Wedges




April 25

Decisions, Decisions

Can Technology Save Us from Climate Change?





       

Decisions, Decisions

What We as Individuals Can Do




May 2

Decisions, Decisions

Review for Final Exam





(Reading Period)



May 9

                         
  

                         Final Exam
      
                         May 11, 2016

                         12:00 - 3:00 p.m.


                  
           
    



Course Notes


There will be regular homework assignments.

Supplementary material to the main texts will be accessible on the course website.


 
          


Breakdown of Grades


15%


Homework
 
15%


I-Clicker ??s

    20% 

       
                 First  Hour Exam

     20%

                Second Hour Exam


     30%


                    Final Exam 
                  

The lowest homework and I-clicker grades will be dropped.

Class participation is greatly encouraged and could
contribute positively towards the final grade.



Special Announcements

Welcome to Physics 140 !!

Please procure the three course textbooks and an iclicker!

For Special Permission Requests please go to

http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/descr/descr-ug-program2.shtml

though I should warn you that our class size is limited by the room capacity.


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