Physics 140
The Greenhouse Effect







Spring 2015
Mondays, Wednesdays 2:50 - 4:10 p.m.
MU Room 210

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

Bad Weather Day!


 

 

Energy and Power


Temperature and Heat
Feb. 1

Energy and Power

Energy vs. Power



Energy and Power

Light and Blackbody Radiation

Feb. 8

Energy and Power

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint:  Fact or Fiction?




Energy and Power

Chasing Ice
Feb. 15

Energy and Power

A Simple Climate Model





Energy and Power

More on a Simple Climate Model


Feb. 22
Energy and Power

Greenhouse Gases:  Which Ones are They?





Energy and Power

More on Greenhouse Gases



March 1

Energy and Power

Review for First Hour Exam




First Hour Exam





March 8

Global Warming

Weather and Climate


                                                                                           
  
                  Global Warming     

                       Feedback            

          
                 
March 15

Spring Break!

Spring Break!


March 22

Global Warming

Carbon on Earth



Global Warming

Fossil Fuels and Energy


March 29

Global Warming

The Carbon Cycle



Global Warming

The Perturbed Carbon Cycle





April 5

Global Warming

Consequences of Climate Change


Global Warming

Review for Second Hour Exam

  
 





April 12

Second Common Hour Exam

Decisions

Tragedy of the Commons



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

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



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