Futurelearn
date_range Starts on February 8, 2016
event_note End date February 13, 2016
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assignment Level : Introductive
label Physics
chat_bubble_outline Language : English
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timer 15 hours in total

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Understand the laws of thermodynamics – and how they govern how we use and lose energy everyday – in this free online course.

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Syllabus

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. Anyone interested in finding out more about the course can visit our Thermodynamics Facebook page 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. If you are interested in reading more before the course starts, you can find background information in Peter Atkin’s book “The Entropy Vector: Connecting Science and Business”, although this is not compulsory. You can also visit my blog. Develop your skills or career as an engineer The knowledge you gain from this course may prompt you to consider a career as a professional engineer. You may even wish to take your learning further, with the University of Liverpool’s Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering degrees.
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Instructors

  • Eann Patterson
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Platform

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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