Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • define and state the relationships between basic physical quantities such as Force, work, energy, power, etc.;
  • explain the physical properties governing energy production, transmission and storage;
  • understand where energy is currently used, and show an appreciation of how it may be used efficiently;
  • perform quantitative calculations to compare various means of energy production;
  • demonstrate how even simple atmospheric models can qualitatively reveal the greenhouse effect.
    • Introduction
    • Introduction to Energy Concepts
    • Other Methods of Energy Production
    • Energy Efficiency and Storage
    • Introduction to Atmospheric Physics


You must have a basic understanding of algebra.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is intended for any student seeking a deeper understanding of the issues of energy production, transmission and usage and the effects on the environment. The science behind traditional and alternative methods of energy production will be presented, coupled with the associated science behind energy efficiency, insulation and energy transmission. There will be a brief introduction to the physics of the atmosphere and the greenhouse effect. The discussion will be informed by a working knowledge of the physical principles governing the transformation of energy from one form to another.

  • Assignment (40%)
  • Online Assessment (60%)

Textbook information is pending.

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