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8.21 The Physics of Energy, Fall 2008

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Show simple item record Jaffe, Robert L. Taylor, Washington
dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2008 2010-04-01T13:30:22Z 2010-04-01T13:30:22Z 2008-12
dc.identifier 8.21-Fall2008
dc.identifier.other 8.21
dc.identifier.other IMSCP-MD5-d2b2ae1be5dc706ddec34568206468a6
dc.description.abstract This course is designed to give you the scientific understanding you need to answer questions like - How much energy can we really get from wind? - How does a solar photovoltaic work? - What is an OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Converter) and how does it work? - What is the physics behind global warming? - What makes engines efficient? - How does a nuclear reactor work, and what are the realistic hazards? The course is designed for MIT sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to understand the fundamental laws and physical processes that govern the sources, extraction, transmission, storage, degradation, and end uses of energy. Special note about this course: The Physics of Energy is a new subject at MIT, offered for the first time in the Fall of 2008. The materials for the course, as such, are not yet ready for wider distribution. However, given the relevance of this topic worldwide, OCW is presenting a basic version of the course now to provide insight into how this subject is being developed at MIT. We expect to add more content after it is taught again in the Fall of 2009. en
dc.language.iso en-US
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dc.subject energy en
dc.subject solar energy en
dc.subject wind energy en
dc.subject nuclear energy en
dc.subject biological energy sources en
dc.subject thermal energy en
dc.subject eothermal power en
dc.subject ocean thermal energy conversion en
dc.subject hydro power en
dc.subject climate change en
dc.subject energy storage en
dc.subject energy conservation en
dc.subject nuclear radiation en
dc.subject solar photovoltaic en
dc.subject OTEC en
dc.subject nuclear reactor en
dc.title 8.21 The Physics of Energy, Fall 2008 en
dc.title.alternative The Physics of Energy en
dc.audience.educationlevel Undergraduate
dc.subject.cip 400801 en
dc.subject.cip Physics, General en
dc.subject.cip 400810 en
dc.subject.cip Theoretical and Mathematical Physics en

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