Although teaching of environmental physics and energy-related topics has increased in the last several years, only a small portion of that has been for non-science majors. Environmental physical science can be used to teach physics to non-science majors by applying learned physics concepts to current issues of interest such as climate change, population growth, sustainability, and renewable energy. The combination of the subject of the environment and a more student-centered learning environment improves the learning experience of the student. It increases the understanding non-science students have for physics. Teaching a physical science class with emphasis on the environment requires labs that engage the students. This lab, in particular, is intended as a final lab in the semester, which shows the students that all the environmental topics are intertwined and influence each other. It ties population growth, climate change, and resource use to show the effects they have on the economy, pollution, ecological footprint, and the welfare of humanity as a whole.

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