Environmental Physics
PHY470/570: Environmental Physics, FALL 2013
Professor: Miron Kaufman
OFFICE: SI116, TEL.6872436
m.kaufman@csuohio.edu
Prerequisites: PHY221, PHY231 College Physics I or PHY241/243/243H University Physics I
LECTURE: M, W 4:00  5:50 PM, MC305
OFFICE HOUR: M, W 3:00  3:50 PM, SI116
REQUIRED BOOKS: McFarland,Hunt,Campbell: Energy, Physics and the Environment
Kaufman: Environmental Physics Computational Projects
The goal of the course is to foster rational thinking in complex decision situations related to environmental problems by studying the physical laws underlying environmental phenomena.
Tentative Schedule
 WEEK #1 Energy, Power Ch.1;
 WEEK #2, 3 Consumption Models: Exponential, Hubbert Ch.2,3
 WEEK #4 Thermodynamics: Energy, Entropy Laws Ch.4;
 WEEK #5 Heat Transfer Ch.16
 WEEK #6 Fossil Fuel Effect on the Environment: Heat and Air Pollution, Urban Heat Island Ch.5
 WEEK #7 Electricity Ch.7
 WEEK #8 Magnetism Ch.8
 WEEK #9, 10 BlackBody Radiation, Global Climate Change Ch.6
 WEEK #11 Power Lines and Health Ch.9
 WEEK #12 Radioactivity Ch.10
 WEEK #13 Nuclear Energy Ch.11
 WEEK #14 Radiation and Health Ch.12
 WEEK #15 Environmental Modeling: Chaos Theory Application to Population Dynamics
Important Dates
 Last day to withdraw: Friday, November 1.
 No classes: Moday September 2, Monday October 14.
Exams Schedule
 Exam #1 Ch.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 16 M, October 7.
 Final Exam Comprehensive M, December 9.
The final grade is a weighted average of:
 Exam #1 30%
 Final Exam 40%
 Computer Project 20%
 Homework, Quizzes 10%
QUIZ SOLUTION
 Quiz #1
 Quiz #2
Part of the course is a project in the computer lab of the Physics Department SI117A. We will work modeling problems in environmental physics, population dynamics and chaos theory by using MathCad on the following dates:
 W, September 3:Computer lab #1: Tutorial and Exponential Growth Consumption Model
 W, September 17:Computer lab #2: Hubbert Consumption Model
 W, October 1:Computer lab #3: Stability of Dry Air and BruntVaisala Oscillations
 W, October 15:Computer lab #5: Pollutant Diffusion
 W, October 29: Computer lab #4: Earth's and Sun's Electromagnetic Radiation
 W, November 12:Computer lab #6: Radioactivity
 W, November 26:Computer lab #7: Deterministic Chaos
The students enrolled in PHY570 do a computational project including background information on "Applications of chaos theory and fractals to environmental science".
Homework
Homework #1

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.1:

 Exercises:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.1:

 Problems: 8, 11.

 DUE:M 9413

Homework #2

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.2:

 Exercises: 1, 2, 3;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.2:

 Problems:6, 7, 8.

 DUE: M 9913

Homework #3

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.4:

 Exercises: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.4:

 Problems: 8, 9, 10, 11, 13.

 DUE: W 91813

Homework #4

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.16:

 Exercises: 2;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.16:

 Problems: 7, 8, 9.

 DUE: M 92313

Homework #5

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.5:

 Exercises: 1, 2;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.5:

 Problems: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.

 DUE: M 93013

Homework #6

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.7:

 Exercises: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.7:

 Problems: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

 DUE:

Homework #7

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.8:

 Exercises: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.8:

 Problems: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

 DUE:

Homework #8

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.6:

 Exercises: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.6:

 Problems: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16.

 DUE:

Homework #9

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.10

 Exercises: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7;

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.10

 Problems: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15.

 DUE:

Homework #10

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.10

 Problems: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.11

 1, 2, 3, 5.

 DUE:

Homework #11

 McFarland, Hunt, Campbell Ch.12

 2, 3, 4, 5.

 DUE:

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