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Energy and the Environment, 2nd Edition

December 2005, ©2006
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Ristinen and Kraushaar's Energy and the Environment 2e is suitable for a one-semester, introductory course dealing with the societal challenges of the availability and cost of energy and the effects of energy use on our environment. It contains up-to-date information on the essential subjects in this field as well as current applications and problems. It is intended for students with little or no background in science or mathematics.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Energy Fundamentals, Energy Use in an Industrial Society.

Chapter 2. The Fossil Fuels.

Chapter 3. Heat Engines.

Chapter 4. Renewable Energy Sources I: Solar Energy.

Chapter 5. Renewable Energy Sources II: Alternatives.

Chapter 6. The Promise and Problems of Nuclear Energy.

Chapter 7. Energy Conservation.

Chapter 8. Transportation.

Chapter 9. Air Pollution.

Chapter 10. Global Effects.

Epilogue: Looking Ahead.

Appendix A: Linear Plots, Semilogarithmic Plots, and Exponential Growth.

Appendix B: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin Temperature Scales.

Answers to Selected End-of-Chapter Problems.


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Author Information

Robert A. Ristinen is a retired Professor pf Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Since 1974, he has taught the Energy and Environment course several times. Ristinen is a Former Chair of the University Energy Conservation Committee and has served for many years as Chair of the University's Radiation Safety Committee.

Jack J. Kraushaar is a retired Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He started teaching the course on Energy and the Environment in 1971 and has taught it several times since then. He has served on the Rocky Flats Citizens Advisory Committee, on the Boulder County Energy Conservation Board, and on the University Energy Conservation Committee.

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  • Updated energy use and statistics
  • On-line Instructor’s Manual with resources to help instructors with lectures and assignments
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  • Written for liberal arts and general interest students
  • Good balance of basic science and current topics
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