Physics of Energy

8.21 -- The Physics of Energy

How much energy can we really get from wind?

How does a solar photovoltaic work?

What is an OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Converter) and how does it work?

What is the physics behind global warming?

What makes engines efficient?

How does a nuclear reactor work, and what are the realistic hazards?


This subject is designed to give you the scientific understanding you need to answer these questions any many more...

Designed with non physics-majors in mind, this subject has been taught every Fall semester since 2008. To learn more about 8.21, click here...

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