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Physics (PHYS)
120 Willamette, 541-346-4751
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  PHYS 161   Phys of Energy & Envir >3 4.00 cr.
Practical study of energy generation and environmental impact, including energy fundamentals, fossil fuel use, global warming, nuclear energy, and energy conservation.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Parthasarathy RE-mailHomepage Office:   362 Willamette Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-2933
Office Hours: 0900 - 0950 T Location: Willamette 362
  1100 - 1150 R Except Week 1: Thursday April 3, 1-2pm
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: More Information on the Science Literacy Program A better description
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  25053 3 70 1200-1350 tr 110 WIL Parthasarathy R Additional Web Resources Available

Final Exam:

0800-1000 m 3/20 110 WIL
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 8:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 15:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 15:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 16:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 16:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 18:   Add this course
January 18:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 22:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 29:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
February 5:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 26:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 26:   Change grading option for this course
Caution You can't drop your last class using the "Add/Drop" menu in DuckWeb. Go to the “Completely Withdraw from Term/University” link to begin the complete withdrawal process. If you need assistance with a complete drop or a complete withdrawal, please contact the Office of Academic Advising, 364 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3211 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you are attempting to completely withdraw after business hours, and have difficulty, please contact the Office of Academic Advising the next business day.

Expanded Course Description
A practical course for non-science majors to introduce the concepts necessary to understand and work with energy. We will learn what energy is, how it is transformed from one form to another (as, for example, from fossil fuels to electrical energy) and how it is used. We will be mostly interested in the relationship of energy to our everyday lives (other than eating), the environmental consequences of global energy consumption, and what this means for the future of our lifestyles. There is no question that major changes in our energy consumption habits will be forced upon us in our lifetimes. We will explore why this will happen and what some of the alternatives might be. The first part of the course will develop a reasonably thorough understanding of energy: mechanics (physics of motion), electricity and magnetism (most versatile form of energy) and thermodynamics (movement of heat). We will learn about mechanical power based on engines (heat, combustion, electrical or solar energy). The last part of the course will deal with our energy lifestyles. We will study the source of and use of fossil fuels, generation of electricity and nuclear energy. The environmental consequences (air pollution, global warming) of our energy use will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on practical examples and in-class demonstrations. Fundamental issues of physics will be discussed with a minimum of mathematics, but we will use high school algebra . Some calculations will be required for homework and some of the exam problems, so a standard calculator will be needed (but a special scientific calculator is not required).
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