Course

PHYS1211 Energy and Environmental Physics

Lecturer(s): 

Weeks 1-6:     Dr Krystyna Wilk
Weeks 7-12:   Professor Michael Ashley

Textbook: 

Energy, Its Use and the Environment, R.A. Hinrichs and M. Kleinback. Thomson / Brooks-Cole. 

Course Coordinator: 

Dr Krystyna Wilk, First Year Physics Laboratory Director, email k.wilk@unsw.edu.au

Course Description : 

The topics covered in PHYS1211 are:  Energy its uses and environmental impacts, thermodynamics, heat engines, heat transfer, solar radiation and its uses, properties of fluids, alternative energy sources, photons and atoms, photovoltaic energy, nuclear science and technology, environmental effects of natural and technological radiation sources, energy management.

The course is suitable as an elective or as a general education course.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation program will also study PHYS1211 Energy & Environmental Physics in Semester 2 of their first year. 

The syllabus is available here

Course Structure: 

5 hours per week:
3 x 1 hour lectures, 1 x 2 hour laboratory period

Assessment: 

Students MUST complete each assessment component of the course, including final examall laboratory experiments, project (presentaion & report) and quizzes in order to finish the course.

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHT

Laboratory Experiments and Projects

30%

Quizzes

20%

End of Semester Final Examination

50%

                                                   TOTAL 

100%

 

 

Semester(s) Offered: 

Semester 2
In UNSW3+ (2019) this course will be offered in Term 2 (T2).

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Senior Lecturer

Krystyna Wilk

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Professor

Michael Ashley