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Applied Physics special track Sustainability in Technology

Expected prior knowledge 
Physics at BSc level, including basic Transport Phenomena and Fluid Dynamics, thermodynamics, calculus and differential equations, wave propagation; use of Matlab and/or Maple

Course Contents 
Fundamentals of the environmental physics, world climate and the greenhousemodel, durable energyresources (solar, wind, wave, biomassenergy, nuclear energy), transport of pollution in ecosystems, Environmental noise (basics of acoustics, perception of noise, outdoor noise propagation, traffic and aircraft noise)

Study Goals 
To provide physicists with the knowledge and tools so that they can contribute to a more sustainable society from their own specific field of expertise: 1. Acquiring advanced knowledge of the basic physics underlying environmental issues such as: the earth energy budget; air, water and ground pollution; solar, wind, tidal, wave, biomass and nuclear energy technologies; environmental noise. 2. Being able to translate problems in the above areas into appropriate physical models and their relevant equations. 3. Being able to translate physical models and model equations into (e.g. Matlab) computer models. 4. Being able to find (quantitative) solutions to model equations, using either theoretical analytical methods, or numerical methods. 5. Being able to quantitatively and physically evaluate, analyse and critically acclaim proposed solutions and strategies for environmental issues. 6. Being able to contribute to solutions and strategies for environmental issues.

Education Method 
lectures (mandatory attendance) and mandatory homework

Computer Use 
Homework requires computer programming in Matlab and/or Maple (or programming languages such as C, C++, Fortran)

Literature and Study Materials 
Egbert Boeker and Rienk van Grondelle, Environmental Physics, Third edition, Wiley, 2011, ISBN 9780470666760 + lecture notes and handouts

Assessment 
mandatory lecture attendance, mandatory homework (50%) and written examination (50%)

Permitted Materials during Tests 
Book, handouts and lecture notes

Studyload/Week 
2 lecture hours per week (14 weeks), 5 series of homework of 20 hours each, 40 hours of exam preparation
