Climate Physicsby: William Space

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Numerous connections exist between climate science and topics normally covered in physics and physical science courses. For instance, lessons on heat and light can be used to introduce basic climate science, and the study of electric circuits provides a context for studying the relationship between electricity consumption and carbon pollution. To highlight some of these connections, this article describes a series of lessons and activities that use basic physics concepts to teach about climate change. The examples may help teachers notice and emphasize additional correlations between their own existing physics programs and climate science.

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  • on Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:05 PM

This is a great lesson that integrates physics with lessons on climate change. Using basic concepts from physics, the author outlines an investigative unit on climate change. The article includes an example of the physics unit, and several figures that relate to the information in the article. I really like how this unit uses physics concepts to explain and explore climate change.

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Thu May 19, 2011 2:30 PM

Students learn and retain more if learning is connected to experience and given meaning. This author offers creative coverage of second semester high school physics using climate change as a unifying theme. A sample curriculum outline is provided, along with recommended demonstrations. Useful simulations are also identified. This is an excellent resource for any high school teacher looking for effect "connected physics" instruction


  • on Tue May 10, 2011 10:55 PM

This is a wonderful resource for any high school biology or physics teacher who would like to use real-world applications to teach about climate change. Topics such as heat, light, and electric circuits are used to explain things like the relationship between electric consumption and carbon pollution. There are a series of lessons and great hands on investigations that reinforce physics topics to teach students about climate change.

Dorian Janney  (Gaithersburg, MD)
Dorian Janney (Gaithersburg, MD)

  • on Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:30 PM

This article identifies several of the connections between the climate and physics and outlines a Climate physics curriculum. I find this article to be very interesting because it uses physics to help students understand the cause and effect of climate change. This is an excellent article and I look forward to implementing these lessons in my class!

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:47 AM

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