Energy and environmental physics
Level of Study
Objectives and Content
Objectives: The course gives a broad overview of the fundamental principles of physics relevant for understanding and explaining phenomena and effects related to energy sources, energy carriers, distribution of energy, environmental physics, and ionizing radiation.
Content: The course is an introduction to energy and enviromental physics with a special emphasis on the physical processes involved. Topics covered in the course include:
Energy physics: Conservations of energy and the laws of thermodynamics, energy transformation, energy quality and efficiency, energy sources and energy carriers, production of energy including heat engines, hydropower, solar cells, wind power and nuclear power, distribution of electric power.
Climate physics - which factors affect the climate? The earth's energy balance, laws of radiation including absorption, scattering and emission, heat transport in the atmosphere and oceans, the composition of the atmosphere - which gases are effecting the climate and why - feedback mechanisms.
Ionizing radiation: Production of radiation in atoms and nuclei, radioactivity, biological effects of radiation, radiation doses, protection against radiation.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has a broad overview of the basic concepts of energy and environmental physics
- has basic knowledge on selected natural laws applied in energy physics, environmental physics, and physics of radiation
- can describe some basic processes in production and transformation energy, the Earth's energy budget, and the advantages and risks related to the utilization of ionizing radiation
- can apply knowledge in physics and mathematics to solve simple problems in energy and environmental physics and to reason with scientific arguments
- can explain relevant scientific methods and expressions, and discuss important theories, problems and solutions with fellow students
- can find, evaluate and point to scientific information, carry out a literature study and write a report of a selected topic
- has general knowledge of the scientific connection between basic physics and key elements in energy and environmental physics
- can explain selected problems for discussion in energy and environmental physics
- can put into practice norms for academic writing
Required Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
The course is limited to students admitted to the study program Information Technology and Economics, Integrated Master¿s, 5 years.
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching method is by
Lectures 4 hours per week
Seminars 2 hours per week
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Approved project report and peer review.
Compulsory assignment is valid in three subsequent semesters.
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment is:
Written examination (4 hours), 100 % of total grade.
Examination Support Material
- Basic calculator allowed in accordance with the regulations specified by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Approved calculator models includes: Casio fx-82ES PLUS og Casio fx-82EX
- 5 A4-pages with notes
Graded A - F.
Autumn and spring semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
The Programme Comittee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of physics and technology have the administrative responsibility for the course.