Global Warming Science

Learn about the physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of the earth’s climate system.

This course is archived
Estimated 14 weeks
2–4 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this course

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Global Warming Science teaches you about the risks and uncertainties of future climate change by examining the science behind the earth’s climate. You will be able to answer such questions as, “What is the Greenhouse Effect?” and “How and why has earth’s climate changed through geologic history?”

This science course is designed for college sophomores and juniors with some preparation in college-level calculus and physics.

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Physics
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:

    College freshman calculus, mechanics, and electricity/magnetism

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • Earth’s climate history
  • The greenhouse effect
  • Natural and manmade effects on climate
  • Projected climate change

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Who can take this course?

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