Institute of Physics
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.