Department of Physics and Astronomy
Energy and the Environment
Lecturer: Prof A.M.Saperstein
Office: Room 233 Physics, 666 W. Hancock
Telephone: 577?2733 (577?2721 to leave message)
E?Mail: ams@physics. wayne. edu
Office Hours: MF 11:40??12:40 or by appointment (call & drop in)

Lecture ? Discussions 12:50?1:45 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday ? Room 2025 Science
Lab Sections: Th 12:50?2:40, or W or F 1:55?3:45 ? 0142 Physics Bldg.
Physics: Energy in the Environment, Alvin M. Saperstein. WSU Course Paks
Vital Signs 1998, Brown, Renner, & Flavin. Paperback Edition, Worldwatch Institute,1998.
Lab materials will be distributed
How do we "know" our environment ? "scientifically" or otherwise?
What is energy?
What are its various forms and how do they relate to each other? Can we do without it?
Why is understanding it important for effective dealing with our environment?
Where does it come from?
How much is available to us?
Where does it go to?
Can we improve the dependibility of our energy supplies?
What are our responsibilities to our future with respect to energy?
The Class
The class will be run as a combination of lecture and discussion, with emphasis on the latter!. Productive discussion requires that you have read (and thought about!) the appropriate text materials ("S" for Energy..., "V" for Vital..., "LM" for Lab Manual, "H" for Handout) before class. The discussions are intended to help you understand the text materials and their implications. If you haven't read the materials before the class, you won't be able to participate in the discussion ? making for avery dull class! Also, you will not be able to ask questions appropriately about the reading materials which you do not understand. Since the exams will cover both class and text material, it would be wise to participate actively and attentively in all class sessions as well as to do all of the reading carefully. Besides, discussing this material should be fun and how can you discuss it if you all have not read the same stuff.? "Interactive Question Papers" to stimulate discussion will be distributed for each class.

Course work Grades

Class Discussion 10% A >90%
Homework 10% B 75?90%
Laboratory 30% C 55?75%
Two hourly exams 30% D 35?55%
Home energy project (WEB) 10% E <35%
Student energy project 10%

TOTAL 100%

No drops will be signed after November 30!!!


End of chapter "Questions" in S ? Graded as G(10), S(5), U(O).

Due M 1015: Ch. 1: 3,5,6,7,12; Ch.2: 2,4,6,7;

Ch.3: 2,3,6,8,10; ChA 2,4,6,8,10,12,16,19.

Due M 10/26:Ch. 5: 1,3,4,6; ChA 1,3,6,7,12,13;

Ch.7:1,3,7,9,16,19,21; Ch.8:1,2,5,6,9,13,16,18.

Due M 11/16: Ch.9: 1,5,7; Ch. 10: 1,3,5,7,10;

Ch.11: 3,5,7,8,11,12; Ch.12: 1,3,6,7.

DueMI2/14: Ch.13: 1,3,7,9,13,25,27,30; Ch.14:1,2,8,12,16,17;

Ch. 15: 1, 3 or 4 or 5 or 6, 7, 8,11,16,17,20.

Week Day Discussion Topic Text Reading Lab

T? ?9/8 W Introduction. Changing World S:preface, Ch. I Intro, Sci.Meth
F Connectivity?individual vs V:pp.9?24, 102?111, H?1
collective; thinking & planning 154?157

2?9/16 M Work and Energy S: Ch.2 Measure. & predict.
W random events,
F LM?2,17
3?9//21 M No Class!
W Heat and Chemistry S: Ch. 3 Newton's Laws
F Heat and Chemistry LM?5
4?9/28 M Electromagnetism S: Ch. 4 Conservation of
W No Class! Energy
F Nuclear Energy S: Ch. 4 LM?7
5?1015 M Conservation of Energy S: Ch. 5 Current and voltage
W Conservation of Energy S: Ch. 5 H?2
F External Sources of Energy S: Ch. 6

6?10/12 M External Sources of Energy S: Ch. 6 Electrostatics and
W First Hourly Exam S: Chs.1?5; V Electrical Induction
F Solar Energy S: Ch.7; V:pp.58?61 H?3

7?10/19 M Solar Energy S: Ch.7 Mechanical Equivalent
W Nuclear & Geothermal Energy S: Ch.8 of Heat
F Nuclear & Geothermal Energy S: Ch.8 H?4

8?10/2 M Stored Biological Energ S: Ch.9 Measuring Heat
W Fossil fuel & exponential growth V:pp.49?7 1; H: 181?7 LM?10
F Reusing Energy S: Ch.10

9?11/2 M The Second Law S: Ch.10 Heat transfer
W Molecules and Entropy S: Ch. 11 LM?1 1
F Molecules and Entropy S: Ch. 11

10?11/9 M Food Energy S: Ch. 12 Waves?ripple tank
W Agriculture V:pp.28?47, 123?35 LM?13
F Housing S: Ch. 13

11?11/16 M Housing Web Project Observing the Sun
W Housing Web Project Solar cells
F Transportation/Communication S: Ch. 14 H? 5

12?11/23 M Second Hourly Exam S: Chs.6?13; V No Lab
W Transportation/Communication V: pp. 74?99
F No Class!

13?11/30 M Recycling & Reuse S: Ch. 15 Atmospheric testing
W Recycling & Reuse V: pp. 138?51 H? 6
F Resource conservation S: Ch. 16

14?12/7 M Summary V: pp. 113?19,160?61 Radioactive decay
W Discussion of Student Projects H?7
F Discussion of Student Projects

15?12/14 M Discussion of Student Projects No Lab
W Summary