The Energy of the Earth
Course Number(s): Physics 1002.02
Semester: Spring 2012
Specific dates: Meets February 21 - March 22
This course is based on the Solar Nebular Hypothesis. It explains the concepts behind the formation of the sun and the planets. During the course students will discuss the processes by which planets warm and cool as well as the role of volcanic activities and asteroid impacts. Students will discuss how energy is transformed into heat as a result of accretion, differentiation, radioactive decay, tidal forces, and greenhouse gases. In addition, the course discusses the energy of the Moon-Earth system: the formation of the Moon and its profound effect on life on Earth. The class will discuss science fiction stories by Isaac Azimov and will review and critique the Hollywood movie The Core.
Instructor(s): Lanika Ruzhitskaya