Physics 140
The Greenhouse Effect







Spring 2015
Mondays, Wednesdays 2:50 - 4:10 p.m.
MU Room 211

Course Instructor:  Prof.  Premi Chandra                                                                          Email:pchandra@physics.rutgers.edu                                                                              
Office Hour:  M  4:30 - 5:30  p.m.
                      SC 205
                       

                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


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),
                                D. Archer and S. Rahmstorf, The Climate Crisis:  An Introductory Guide to Climate Change,
                                                        (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
                                B. Richter,  Beyond Smoke and Mirrors:  Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century
                                                        2nd Edition), 
(Cambridge University Press, 2014) 

Iclickers:                i>clicker+



Syllabus


Week of
Monday
Wednesday
Jan. 18



Introduction/Overview


Jan. 25

Energy and Power


Temperature and Heat

Energy vs. Power 

 

Energy and Power


Blackbody Radiation
Feb. 1

Energy and Power

A Simple Climate Model



Energy and Power

A Simple Climate Model cont.

Feb. 8

Energy and Power

Greenhouse Gases:  Which Ones are They?




Energy and Power

How can a Gallon of Gasoline
Produce 20 lbs of CO2?
Feb. 15

Energy and Power

More about Energy Consumption
and Conversion





Energy and Power

The Importance of Water Vapor:
Earth vs. Venus

Feb. 22
Energy and Power

Review for First Hour Exam





First Hour Exam



March 1

Global Warming

Weather and Climate




Global Warming

Feedbacks



March 8

Global Warming

Carbon on Earth


                                                                                           
  
                 Global Warming     

              Fossil Fuels and Energy              

          
                 
March 15

Spring Break!

Spring Break!


March 22

Global Warming

The Perturbed Carbon Cycle



Global Warming

More on the Perturbed Carbon Cycle


March 29

Global Warming

Consequences of Climate Change



Global Warming

Consequences of Climate Change





April 5

Global Warming

Review for Second Common Hour Exam


Second Common Hour Exam

  
 





April 12

Decisions, Decisions

Tragedy of the Commons

Decisions

International and National Negotiations



April 19

Decisions, Decisions

Kaya Equation

Decisions, Decisions

Fossil Fuels




April 26

Decisions, Decisions

Renewable Energy  Sources





       

Decisions, Decisions

What We as Individuals Can Do




May 3

Decisions, Decisions

Review for Final Exam





(Reading Period)



May 10

                         
  

                         Final Exam

                   Wednesday May 13
                      12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
                          MU 211
    



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 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.