ENVPHYS 100G Sun, Sand, Surf: Science of Aotearoa

ENVPHYS 100G | Arts, B&E, EDSW, CAI, LAW | Semester One 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


The atmosphere, oceans and land make up the dynamic environment of Aotearoa New Zealand. A range of phenomena with natural beauty can be described elegantly with simple scientific laws. This course establishes the physical principles underlying nature, empowering students to explain everyday environmental phenomena. These principles provide the foundation to unravel the science of Earth, climate and environmental change, and energy systems.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate weather, climate and environmental change relevant to a wide range of study and career paths.
  2. Discover and develop physical concepts that link the solid Earth, oceans, and atmosphere systems.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of of New Zealand’s energy resources, consumption and production and compare us to the world.
  4. Be able to take experimental data using simple equipment and carry out the analysis of these data to uncover the physics of everyday geophysical phenomena. 

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