Understand the laws of thermodynamics – and how they govern how we use and lose energy everyday – in this free online course.
Energy is essential to life at many levels and its transformation from one form to another – whether in the cells of our bodies or the machines that enable modern society – is governed by the laws of thermodynamics.
This free online course provides you with an introduction to these laws, and the application of thermodynamics to both everyday examples and issues of global concern.
Thermodynamics, sustainability and nature’s limits
Over five weeks, you will explore some of the challenges associated with energy supply and consumption. You will also perform simple experiments in your kitchen, to develop your appreciation of the significance of the laws of thermodynamics. These will help you discover new ways of thinking about energy, and how we use it and lose it.
Gaining new perspectives on the sustainable energy debate is an important skill you will develop, and this will help you to comprehend how we are limited by the laws of nature. You will also discuss new research that explores the boundaries of these limitations.
Understand thermodynamics with a global network of learners
You will learn with me, Eann Patterson, the AA Griffith Chair of Structural Materials and Mechanics at the University of Liverpool. I will bring my experience of teaching and lecturing in the UK, USA and China, and give you the chance to work alongside University of Liverpool undergraduates, who will be taking this online course as part of their degree course.
A multidimensional and systemic thinking about the world energy challenge. A continuous flow of energy crosses our whole life. The food we eat, the car we drive, lights that illuminate our cities or the radio that plays our favorite songs, are all manifestations of energy. Our biological life can be explained in terms of energy and even our emotions and feelings to a certain extent.
Il corso affronta le tematiche della meccanica e della termodinamica partendo dall’applicazione del metodo sperimentale, per prepararsi al meglio all'ingresso all'università. The course addresses the thematic of Mechanics and thermodynamics starting from the applications of the experimental method, to better prepare to start the college experience with the fundamental knowledge.
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Conçu conjointement par le think-tank Ecolo-Ethik et ESCP Europe, ce MOOC se propose de vous aider à dépasser les idées reçues sur l’écologie, dans le souci d’une démarche ouverte et multiple. A ce titre, de grands experts reconnus interviendront pour illustrer, approfondir et enrichir les différentes thématiques.
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