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.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has ability to describe and understood physical basis of various processes in environment;
- has ability to critically analyze the impact of physical processes on solving everyday life and special problems;
- has ability to choose between the most commonly used physical research methods.