Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • QR - Quantitative Reasoning

Typically offered:


This tutorial is designed for well-prepared and motivated students who wish to deepen their understanding of the physics of sustainable energy. We will focus on three of the largest non-fossil fuel sources of energy: solar, wind, and nuclear. We will also look at different energy storage technologies and some of the physical principles relevant to the electricity grid. While the emphasis of this class is gaining a first-principles understanding of the physics of sustainable energy, we will also discuss how physics constrains what is feasible for a fossil fuel-free future. Evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets and participation in class meetings.



Two terms of college-level calculus and two terms of either college-level physics or chemistry, and permission of instructor. 

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