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PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Environmental Science and Policy 110 (ESP 110) CRN 43849, 43850, 43851 Winter 2010 Principles of Environmental Science (4) Lecture--3 hours; discussion--1 hour. Prerequisite: Physics 1A or 5A, Mathematics 16B or 21B, and Biological Sciences 1A. Application of physical and chemical principles, ecological concepts, and systems approach to policy analysis of atmospheric environments, freshwater and marine environments, land use, energy supplies and technology, and other resources. John Largier , Professor Office Hours: Thu 3-4pm (Wickson 2148) Fri 1-2pm (Wickson 3122) [email protected] Dane Behrens , Teaching Assistant Office Hours: Wed 4-6pm (Wickson 2120J) [email protected] Lectures : Thursday 4:40pm-6:00pm, Wellman 212 Friday 10:30am-11:50am, Wellman 216 Discussion : Monday 11:00-11:50am, Wickson 2120J Monday 2:10-3:00pm, Storer 1342 Monday 3:10-4:00pm, Storer 1344 Homework Assignments : Weekly homework problems assigned in Friday lecture (posted on SmartSite). Homework answers will be posted on SmartSite as a way to check your work. Homework to be submitted by 4:30pm on following Thursday (box in ESP office). Solutions will be posted on SmartSite over weekend or by following Monday. Project : Draft for review (voluntary) on or before Friday 19 February Completed project due Wednesday 10 March – grade component. Mid-terms : Finals : Wednesday 17 March, 1:00pm II. Text
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Gilbert M. Masters and Wendell P. Ela. 2008 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science Third Edition . Prentice Hall. Additional texts that may be useful: o John Harte. 1988. Consider a Spherical Cow – A Course in Environmental Problem Solving. University Science Books. o John Harte. 2001. Consider a Cylindrical Cow – More Adventures in Environmental Problem Solving. University Science Books. III. Objectives To improve your quantitative analytical skills. To strengthen your abiotic environmental science. To develop your ability to understand the essence of a system . Quantitative analysis is a fundamental part of understanding and managing environmental systems. The question is not whether to pollute or not to pollute, but how much of a pollutant do we need to remove to achieve some desirable outcome, such as reducing the mortality of fish (or humans) to an acceptable level. We need to compare the performance of alternative plans in order to find a cost-effective solution to the problem. The main tactic for solving management problems consists of making a model of the physical, chemical, biological, and socio-economic processes involved and using it as a tool to solve the problem.
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