Course Description

UPDATED 1/7/2022 -THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Energy makes our civilization go, and we and emerging nations consume more and more energy. These days nearly every newscast includes a story about energy sources, energy costs, or energy consequences. In this in-person course, we will explore what these energy sources are, how they work, and fundamental ideas about energy. We will look at energy generation, starting with basic physics and chemistry; how energy is used; and where energy goes. We will also show how energy consumption is linked to climate change. This course is about science, not policy. Don’t worry: if you didn’t take science in college, you still will be able to understand this course. Classes will consist of lecture, discussion, and questions and answers. Throughout our class time, we will pause frequently to clarify and reinforce the lecture. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Energy and Climate Change
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Durham
Course Fees
Section Notes
UPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. Please note: The recommended book provides great background information on climate change by a distinguished scientist, but is not required for the course. Recommended reading: Burton Richter, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century (9781107673724)