Earth's Energy: Diminishing Fossil Resources and Prospects for Sustainable Future

Description: Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours; two optional field trips. Preparation: one lower-division atmospheric sciences, chemistry, Earth sciences, or physics course. Earth's energy resources (fossil fuels and alternatives) from Earth science and sustainability perspective. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 2.5
Easiness 2.7/ 5
Clarity 2.5/ 5
Workload 2.8/ 5
Helpfulness 2.4/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2019 - This was a fun and engaging course that was totally worth taking for useful knowledge relevant to real life. I disagree with other posters who indicate that the HW was difficult and time-consuming. It was largely simple and on-par with lower-division courses in many science majors without any mathematical knowledge required beyond high school chemistry/physics (i.e. dimensional analysis). The highest grade in this course was accomplished by an English major. The midterm exam and final exam consisted mostly of short answer questions that were straight off lecture slides plus numbers-to-know that the instructor provided prior to exams to memorize as well as a couple longer essay questions where you could choose between two prompts for each question. Generally, there would be one prompt where you could answer conceptually and another where there was basic mathematics required similar to the HW problems. Even if you are absolutely terrible at math, you can avoid the more calculation-intensive prompts and get away with just knowing the material. I would recommend doing the practice exams in detail as well as memorizing all the numbers-to-know before each exam. Make sure to read ALL the lectures slides which are straightforward and contain the majority of the short answers. Don't focus on the HW since you don't need to do much calculation on the exams. If you finish studying the other materials, then you should go over the HW solutions and lab backgrounds to fill in any blanks in your knowledge base. Selling a collection of past exams, homework solutions, and highly organized course materials: uclastudent17@gmail.com
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