Environmental Physics
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Environmental Physics
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Astrid Rekker (eesti keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Provide opportunities for acquiring physical knowledge in connection with environmental problems;
To support the competencies for research by involving physical methods.
Brief description of the course
Introduction to environmental physics. Classical mechanics. Effects of rotational dynamics: Coriolis force, El Nino, Passat, the Ekman spiral. Heat phenomena. Thermodynamics laws. Atmospheric composition, the greenhouse effect. The ozone layer, UV radiation. Radioactivity. Natural background radiation, radon, the benefits and risks related to radioactive sources and radioactive pollution, nuclear power, fusion, fission, biological consequences of ionizing radiation, radiation induced cancer. Renewable, fossil and nuclear energy.
Independent work
Problem solving, preparation of the research paper.
Learning outcomes in the course
Ability to describe and understood physical basis of various processes in environment.
Ability to critically analyze the impact of physical processes on solving everyday life and special problems.
Ability to choose between the most commonly used physical research methods.
Assessment methods
I Test – 20% of total assessment;
II Test – 20% of total assessment;
Research paper and presentation – 15% of total assessment;
Exam (written) – theory and problem solving, (45 % of total assessment)
Astrid Rekker PhD
Study literature
Bill W. Tillery. Physical Science (10. Edition). Arizona State University [Peatükid 1 – 7 ja 17 – 24.]
Smith, C. 2006. Environmental Physics. Routledge,an imprint of Taylor & Francis. 304 p.

Replacement literature
Hughes, P. ; Mason, N. 2002. Introduction to Environmental Physics. Taylor & Francis. 463 p.
Boeker, E.; Rienk van Grondelle. 2001. Environmental Science. Physical principles and applications. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. 362 p.
Faraoni, V. 2006. Exercises in Environmental Physics. Springer-Verlag New York.