Atmospheric Pollution

Course Code: NATS 1515 M 3.0

Instructor's Name: Stephanie Pugliese Domenikos

Course Description:

The course commences with the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere from its creation and moves to its development to the present throughout several stages. The cyclical climate change of Earth has been due to changes in orbital obliquity, eccentricity and precession (related to the change of Earth's rotation axis, distance from the sun and rotation rate respectively). The course proceeds to examine the history of atmospheric pollution from natural causes such as volcanoes, natural fires, desert dust, etc., to pollution caused by humans prior to the industrial revolution arising from the burning of wood and the clearing of land. Subsequently, modern day pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels and production of other anthropogenic harmful chemicals will be discussed. Different forms of pollution such as manifested as smog and acid rain are discussed and past successes in dealing with these types of pollution are recounted. The course concludes with topics on new policies and technologies that can be considered to ameliorate the deleterious effects of atmospheric pollution, such as the usage of green energy (solar, wind, fuel cell, geo-thermal, biomass, etc.).

Course Format:

Three hours lecture per week.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/NATS 1840 6.00, SC/NATS 1750 6.00. NCR Note: No credit will be retained if this course is taken after successful completion of SC/CHEM 1000 3.00 or SC/CHEM 1001 3.00. Not open to any students enrolled in the Chemistry program.

Mathematical Content:

Basic math, division, multiplication, addition, subtraction. Very basic algebra of grade 11 level. All needed mathematics will be explained in the class and examples will be worked out.

Course Outlines: