Thermodynamics plays a critical role in the development of new systems which provide energy, reduce waste, and mitigate global climate change. This course will provide you with the fundamental skills necessary to develop strategies to solve a range of emerging engineering based problems. This will be done through first learning how to solve problems form a systems perspective, and secondly through understanding the mechanisms used to transfer, convert and store energy. While doing this, we will also explore how sustainability is factored in when designing energy systems.
The laboratory portion of this course focuses on foundational principles and essential techniques of chemistry. These conceptual and technical tools have great relevance to many issues of importance to society, including climate change, human health, economic security, and more. SLS-related experiments in CHEM 1212K will be related to five threads of sustainability in chemistry: Green Chemistry, Chemistry and Society, Everyday Chemical Analysis, Computational Chemistry, and Climate Change.
Understanding our planet’s environment requires understanding how the whole Earth functions as an interconnected system. This course investigates the four components of the Earth system in detail: the atmosphere, the oceans, the solid Earth, and the biosphere to understand how these processes interact, and then how we, as humans, impact our planet.