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
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring 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
Kontrolltöö (kirjalik) – teooria ja probleemülesannete lahendamine (osakaal 20%);
Referaat (osakaal 26%); ettekanne (osakaal 4%);
Eksam (kirjalik) – teooria ja probleemülesannete lahendamine (osakaal 50 %).
Astrid Rekker PhD
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.