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Physics and Astronomy - Course Details

PHYS270E (PHYS27000)






This course places current topics in environmental science in the context of the underlying physics. These topics include controversies of global warming, renewable energy sources, the transport of pollutants and percolation, acoustic and seismic detection for weapons of mass destruction as well as hydrocarbon exploration, the physics of earthquakes and volcanoes, and the atomic and molecular basis of environmental spectroscopy. The course is open to all engineering, physical science and biological science majors and other interested students. Recommended pre-requisites are first year physics and chemistry as well as introductory calculus. This course emphasizes quantitative descriptions and approaches using mathematical models.

Department of Physics and Astronomy, 525 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2036 • Phone: (765) 494-3000 • Fax: (765) 494-0706

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