6 Weeks

Instructor Guides

Includes Transcript

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Our Energetic Earth was the first MOOC produced by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. It ran in October 2013. Currently, it is available as an archived course on the EdX Platform. You can participate in this course by visiting the archived course. If you participate in this course via the archived course, the videos are include a transcript.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • How energy is transformed in its movement around the earth
  • How energetic earth systems come to be dispersed or concentrated
  • How the earth’s energy systems are connected/related to each other 

Course Description: We live on the surface of a dynamic and yet paradoxically stable planet that experiences a remarkable range of energetic phenomena, from waves and currents in the ocean to wind and thunderstorms in the atmosphere. This course traces how the remarkable concept called energy is the natural way of describing, understanding and unifying these diverse phenomena. The course traces the cascade of energy from sunlight to its final destination in a thermal form, considering differential surface heating, the role of convection and buoyancy and the formation of the Earth’s circulation system, and the links to the ocean circulation system. We consider the curvature and rotation of the Earth as key constraints on a system driven by sunlight and energy transformations.

Read about Our Energetic Earth in the U of T Bulletin!

Project Components
OEE - Week 1

During the first week, we will explore the earth and its seasons. The relationship between the earth and the sun will be scrutinized and the factors on which solar insolation depends on will be thoroughly discussed. After completing the lesson, you will be able to estimate the sun’s position on the sky, the duration of daylight, night time and when the sun will rise and set on a particular day.

OEE - Week 2
OEE - Week 3
OEE - Week 4