8.21 Physics of Energy
A comprehensive introduction to the fundamental physics of energy systems that emphasizes quantitative analysis. Focuses on the fundamental physical principles underlying energy processes and on the application of these principles to practical calculations. Applies mechanics and electromagnetism to energy systems; introduces and applies basic ideas from thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Examines energy sources, conversion, transport, losses, storage, conservation, and end uses. Analyzes the physics of side effects, such as global warming and radiation hazards. Provides students with technical tools and perspective to evaluate energy choices quantitatively at both national policy and personal levels.
This class has no prerequisites.
8.21 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by R. Jaffe.
Lecture occurs 12:00 PM to 13:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 4-270.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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