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UNIVERSITY HONORS

HNRS-301
Honors Colloquium in Natural and Mathematical Sciences (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of University Honors program director.

HNRS-301
001H
UNIVERSITY HONORS
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Honors Colloquium in Natural and Mathematical Sciences (3)

Physics of Public Policy

This course covers energy as a physical quantity from the point of view of how it influences public policy decisions on energy sources, energy distribution, and energy use in transportation, industry, households, etc. The physics of mechanics, thermodynamics, nuclear interactions, electricity, and magnetism are touched on. Specific topics include fossil fuels, nuclear power and weapons, alternative energy sources such as solar, hydroelectric, wind, hydrogen as a storage medium, and energy conservation. Guests knowledgeable both in physics and policy speak to the class.