L01 - Introduction Most people don't think about the impact...

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• Most people don’t think about the impact that their use of energy (individually and as part of an industrialized society) has upon environment • On the other hand, most of the people that are concerned are inefficient in their efforts to predicate a conscientious handling of our energy, due to the lack of knowledge of the science behind the way we produce and consume energy Introduction Task : Give some examples of how energy and environment are mutually influential. • Our course will provide the diligent student with a background about some of the energy issues of the modern society, as well as with a basic scientific framework to tackle these issues from a more knowledgeable perspective • Also, we’ll sketch some of the energy technologies that prefigure the conservationist spirit that will have to dominate sometime in the future if we want to survive as a technologically prosperous society Task : Suggests what kind of physics would stay behind some of the examples discussed above.
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Course content 1. Energy and Society 2. Energy Principles 3. Fossil Fuels 4. Electricity Principles 5. Fossil-fuel Electric Power Plants 6. Electromagnetic Radiation . lobal Warming & Ozone Depletion How do energy issues impact the society Physically speaking, what is energy? Most of our energy comes from burning fossil fuelsE A conspicuous usefulness of burning fossil fuels is to produce electric energy and light A conspicuous undesirable effect of burning fossil fuels is the global warming 7. Global Warming & Ozone Depletion 8. Thermodynamic Principles 9. Automobiles 10. Nuclear Physics Principles 11. Nuclear Energy 12. Solar Energy 13. Other Energy Systems 14. Solid Waste Management We also burn fossil fuels for mechanical energy. How can we minimize pollution? It is clear that our pattern of producing and consuming energy is untainable. What are the alternatives? How about getting rid of the garbage?
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Chapter 1: Energy and Society • Energy flows through the veins of our society so we depend on it and energy issues are omnipresent in mass-media • Historically, the evolution of our industrial civilization was intertwined with the growth in the energy needs and intricacy of energy consumption (that is, better and better machines) 1.1 Task : Think about examples of relatively recent energy-related events with repercussions upon every-day life reported in the media. How do they impact the everyday life of the people in the area and globally?
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