Energy & Sustainability - Spring 2013
A Global Perspective
This course provides an overview of energy use around the world, in the U.S., and in the home. We study global energy and environmental problems from a wide range of perspectives, with emphasis on understanding contemporary issues in energy consumption and its environmental impact. Topics include: fossil fuel use and depletion, nuclear energy and waste disposal; solar, wind, hydroelectric and other renewable sources; home heating; energy storage; fuel cells; and alternative transportation vehicles. It introduces the physical principles and concepts in energy, the environment, and sustainability through an examination of current and potential energy systems, covering extraction, conversion and end-use, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner. Examination of energy technologies in each fuel cycle stage for fossil (oil, gas, synthetic), nuclear (fission and fusion) and renewable (solar, biomass, wind, hydro, and geothermal) energy types, along with storage, transmission, disposal and conservation issues. An introduction to the global issues of environment and sustainability for concerned students.
Course number: PH 180A1 - CRN 21052
Number of credits: 3
Class times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Class room: Engineering 120
Instructor: Prof. Miguel Mostafá
Contact info: Eng D209, 1-5680, Miguel.Mostafa@ColoState.edu
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(except during class and when abroad...)
This course is brought to you by the letter 'V', the number '6' and by the Physics Department of Colorado State University.