MIT Energy Initiative
Energy Classes at MIT

Physics of Energy

Meets Energy Minor Requirements

Core - Science

Class Number

8.21

Level

Undergraduate

Term

Fall

Day

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Description

A comprehensive introduction to the fundamental physics of energy systems that emphasizes quantitative analysis. Focuses on the fundamental physical principles underlying energy processes and on the application of these principles to practical calculations. Applies mechanics and electromagnetism to energy systems; introduces and applies basic ideas from thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Examines energy sources, conversion, transport, losses, storage, conservation, and end uses. Analyzes the physics of side effects, such as global warming and radiation hazards. Provides students with technical tools and perspective to evaluate energy choices quantitatively at both national policy and personal levels.

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