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Foundations of Environmental Physics: Understanding Energy Use and Human Impacts


By: Kyle Forinash

Island Press

Hardback | Jul 2010 | #184883 | ISBN-13: 9781597267090
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Designed to focus students on the current energy and environmental problems facing society, and to give them the critical thinking and computational skills needed to sort out potential solutions. From its pedagogical approach, students learn that a simple calculation based on first principles can often reveal the plausibility (or implausibility) of a proposed solution or new technology.

Throughout its chapters, the text asks students to apply key concepts to current data (which they are required to locate using the internet and other sources) to get a clearer picture of the most pressing issues in environmental science. The text begins by exploring how changes in world population impact all aspects of the environment, particularly with respect to energy use. It then discusses what the first and second laws of thermodynamics tell us about renewable and nonrenewable energy; how current energy use is changing the global climate; and, how alternative technologies can be evaluated through scientific risk assessment. In approaching real-world problems, students come to understand the physical principles that underlie scientific findings.

This is the best textbook for science students at this level that I've seen. The selection of topics and their coverage is comprehensive, and the author has excellent expository skills.--Robert Bent "Professor Emeritus of Physics, Indiana University, Bloomington "

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Kyle Forinash is professor of physics at the University of Indiana Southeast, in New Albany, Indiana. He has published papers in non-linear dynamics and theoretical biophysics in addition to pedagogical papers about the use of computers and the Internet in introductory physics courses and for distance learning. He is co-author of Mathematical Methods in Physics: Partial Differential Equations, Fourier Series, and Special Functions.

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