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2016/2017 Applied Sciences Master Applied Physics
AP3141 D
Environmental Physics
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. D.J. Verschuur    D.J.Verschuur@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M. Rohde    M.Rohde@tudelft.nl
Dr. S.R. de Roode    S.R.deRoode@tudelft.nl
Dr. W.A. Smith    W.Smith@tudelft.nl
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Education Period
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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 greenhouse-model, durable energy-resources (solar-, wind-, wave-, biomass-energy, 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 and mandatory homework
Computer Use
Homework requires computer programming in Matlab (or programming languages such as Maple, Python, C, C++, Fortran)
Literature and Study Materials
Egbert Boeker and Rienk van Grondelle, Environmental Physics, Third edition, Wiley, 2011, ISBN 978-0-470-66676-0
+ lecture notes and handouts
mandatory homework (50%) and written examination (50%)
Permitted Materials during Tests
Book, handouts and lecture notes
2 lecture hours per week (14 weeks), 5 series of homework of 20 hours each, 40 hours of exam preparation