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Published by the Institute of Physics in Physics Education Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 519-525.
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Physics Education

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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.

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