Energy and the Planet 2021 – An insight into the Earth’s climate

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 understanding of basic science concepts such as: energy, mass, heat, work, temperature, radiation, gases, atoms, molecules, ions, force, gravitational fields, magnetic fields to enable you to decide whether the Earth’s climate could be controlled by the emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels or whether it is driven by the natural cycles of the Sun.

You will learn about: the nature of science; the origins of the greenhouse effect; how a real greenhouse works; the strange concept of heat; the temperature of the Sun; energy and radiation; the most important atom on Earth; the life cycles of the stars; extra galactic particles; carbon dioxide and coral reefs; Environmentalism; the Electrical Age; Energy in the Future.

The classes will be held upstairs in the Language Room on Mondays from 1.00 to 3.00.

The course starts on 15th March

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 Member of the Australian Institute of Physics.

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