Tutor: John Turner
The Paris Climate Conference in December 2015 warned that unless action is taken to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere then by the end of this century global temperatures will increase by 2.00C. This course aims to develop your knowledge of some basic concepts in science to enable you to evaluate if the climate could be controlled by humans or whether it is due to the natural cycles of the Sun and the movements of the major planets. The basic concepts to be discussed include: energy, heat, temperature, radiation, gases, atoms, molecules, ions, force, gravitational fields, magnetic fields. No previous knowledge of science is required just a curiosity, a willingness to ask questions and to participate in the discussions.
The classes will be held upstairs in the Language Room on Mondays from 1.30 to 3.00. The course will run for about 12 weeks.
The topics are designed to give you an insight into the basic science ideas involved in the study climate. You will learn about: The Nature of Science; the origins of the Greenhouse Effect; the temperature of gases; the Law of Heat; CO2 and the life cycle; CO2 and energy; how a greenhouse works; the secrets of the Sun; climate cycles; the origins of the IPCC; the chemistry of the oceans; CO2 and the Great Barrier Reef; energy sources for the future.
To participate in this course, you will need to record your details on the Expression of Interest form available at reception.
Further information contact Noosa U3A reception 5440 5500 or John 0411 097 746
About the Tutor
John has a degree in Science with majors in Physics and in Chemistry, a Master’s degree with honours in Science Education and a post graduate diploma in computers and the teaching of digital electronics. He has taught HSC Physics; was the inaugural Science Adviser for the NSW Dept. of Education Centre for Research in Measurement and Evaluation, was a member of the NSW Science Syllabus Committee, has lectured in Science Education at university and was a former Member of the Australian Institute of Physics.