Catalogue 2015 - 2016

PHYS 152 Energy and Mankind


3 cr.

Course Description

This course acquaints students with various sources of energy available to mankind. We will follow the various kinds of energy from the source to the consumer. We will consider the technical aspects of energy generation and distribution, the environmental and social consequences of use, future potential to benefit mankind, and the fundamental role energy plays in our society. Examples of energy sources to be investigated are nuclear, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal tidal, fossil fuel, wind, and magneto-hydrodynamics. (NSP)