Course Description

IN PERSON: Energy makes our civilization go, and we and emerging nations consume more and more of it every year. Newscasts regularly include stories about energy sources, energy costs and energy consequences. This in-person course will explore what these energy sources are, how they work and fundamental ideas about energy. We will look at energy generation, starting with basic physics and chemistry; how energy is used; and where energy goes. We will also consider how energy consumption is linked to climate change. This course is about science, not policy. Don’t worry, even if you didn’t take science in college, you still will be able to understand this course. Classes will consist of lecture, discussion, and questions and answers. Throughout our class time, we will pause frequently to clarify and reinforce the lecture. The goal is for you to clearly understand the science. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 20.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Energy and Climate Change: The Science Behind Them
Classroom - In Person
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Feb 02, 2023 to Apr 06, 2023
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Classroom - In Person  
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Section Notes

: The book by Richter (who won a Nobel Prize in physics) is a solid, reliable, dispassionate overview. We will not follow it chapter by chapter in class.

Recommended reading:
Burton Richter, "Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century" (9781107673724)

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