The Physics of Energy

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Session: 

  • Session B: July 24 - August 5, 2017

Time: 

  • 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Category: 

  • Sciences

Instructor: 

  • Klint Kanopka
Description: 

This module looks at energy in its various forms, from fundamental concepts of physics to production for human use. The relative merits of renewable vs. non-renewable energy sources— including flows, storage and waste— are explored in depth. Mathematical skills such as graphing, interpreting data and measuring change are applied to enable participants to use statistical thinking when forming opinions about important issues like climate change. Students also have an opportunity to look critically at scientific writing on this topic and orally present conclusions to their peers.

Within this module students develop:

  • A general understanding of core concepts related to the physics of energy
  • The ability to use statistics and mathematics (including models) as a way of analyzing and understanding empirical data
  • Improved decision-making skills based on data concerning energy use choices

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