Fall 2023


Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-109


Larry R. Hunter (Section 01)


We will develop the concept of energy from a Physics perspective. We will introduce the various forms that energy can take and discuss the mechanisms by which it can be generated, transmitted, and transformed. The law of conservation of energy will be introduced both as a useful tool, and as an example of a fundamental physical law. The environmental and financial costs and benefits of various methods of energy generation and consumption will be discussed. Demonstrations and hands-on laboratory experiences will be an integral part of the course. The course is intended for non-science majors and not for students who have either completed or intend to complete the equivalent of PHYS 117 or CHEM 110.

The course is designed as an in-person course with active lab work.

Requisite: A working knowledge of high-school algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Hunter.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to environmental studies majors, then to diversify the course, and finally by seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: quantitative work, lab work

PHYS 109 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE A011
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM SCCE A011

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Energy, Its Use and the Environment Cengage Learning, Inc., Boston 2024 Roger A. Hinrichs and Rachel H. Wade TBD


Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2023