Energy & The Planet 2019

John Turner

Language Room 

In this course you will study how science is used to discover the basic laws of nature.  Can these laws explain the energy changes in the atmosphere?  Do these changes affect the Earth’s temperature?  No previous knowledge of science is required just a curiosity, a willingness to ask questions and to participate in the discussions.  The course aims to improve your knowledge of basic concepts such as: energy, heat, work, temperature, radiation, gases, atoms, molecules, ions, force, gravitational fields, magnetic fields to enable you to evaluate whether the Earth’s climate could be controlled by humans or whether it is driven by the natural cycles of the Sun.


Course Outline

  1. The Climate Debate
  2. The Ice Ages
  3. Atomic Fingerprints
  4. The Water Planet
  5. Life on Earth
  6. Carbon Dioxide and Energy
  7. Two Greenhouse Effects (Part 1)
  8. Two Greenhouse Effects (Part 2)
  9. Measuring Radiation
  10. Energy and Radiation
  11. “330 The Flawed Physics of the Greenhouse Effect”
  12. Secrets of the Sun
  13. The Oceans
  14. Climate Cycles
  15. Science not Consensus
  16. Energy Sources for the Future
  17. Summary

 About the Tutor

John has a degree in Science with majors in Physics and in Chemistry, a Master’s degree with first class honours in Science Education and a post graduate diploma in computers and the teaching of digital electronics.  He has taught HSC Physics; was the inaugural Science Adviser for the NSW Dept. of Education Centre for Research in Measurement and Evaluation, was a member of the NSW Science Syllabus Committee, has lectured in Science Education at university and was a former Member of the Australian Institute of Physics.