Climate Physics and Chemistry OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Class on Climate Studies

Published Jan 28, 2009

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MIT currently offers a free, online version of 'Climate Physics and Chemistry' as part of its OpenCourseWare program. This undergraduate-level course features studies of the factors that influence climate change, including ocean circulation, greenhouse gases and fossil fuel useage. This class is intended for students studying Biology, Meteorology, Environmental Science and related fields.

Climate Physics and Chemistry: Course Specifics

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Climate Physics and Chemistry: Course Description

This course is designed as an introduction to climate studies and covers a variety of topics, including physical and chemical processes that influence the Earth's climates, ocean circulation and ozone chemistry. Taught at MIT by Professors Edward Boyle, Kerry Emanuel and Carl Wunsch, the 'Climate Physics and Chemistry' OpenCourseWare includes an investigation of the evolution of the Earth as well as an examination of the way in which the Earth's climate has changed throughout its history. Some knowledge of chemistry is necessary to complete this course, as the chemical processes of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans are studied in great depth. This undergraduate-level course is offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and is intended for students studying Geography, Meteorology, Biology and Environmental Science.

Lecture notes, assignments and suggested readings are available for free download. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the climate science course page.

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