The idea of energy balance used to explain the greenhouse effect and global warming is often confusing for students, primarily because the standard quantitative analysis uses many constants and units. A "round" unit method is presented, which maintains the quantitative aspects of the standard analysis, but is much more intuitive for students.
Recommended CitationBlais, Brian S., "Teaching Energy Balance Using Round Numbers: A Quantitative Approach to the Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming" (2003). Science and Technology Faculty Journal Articles. Paper 24.