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    Western Michigan University
  Jan 21, 2018
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 1020 - Energy and the Environment

This course is a study of the interplay of energy production and use, advances in technology, and their effects on the environment. Topics covered include energy fundamentals, fossil fuels, generation of electricity, solar and other renewable energy sources, nuclear energy, energy conservation, transportation, air pollution, and their global effects. The course is intended to give students the tools to think critically and make informed decisions about energy use in their daily lives. Mathematical skills at the level of introductory algebra are required.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1100 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent; or math placement exam minimum score of 07, or ACT/SAT minimum score of 19/460.

Credits: 3 hours

Notes: This course satisfies General Education Area VII: Natural Science and Technology: Applications and Implications. This course may not be applied toward either a major or minor in Physics.

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