Phys 162 Course Outline

Week

Date

Topic

1

M Jan 8

What is Alternative Energy?

1

W Jan 10

The Need for Alternative Energy Sources

1

F Jan 12

Overview of Energy Conservation

2

M Jan 15

NO CLASS

2

W Jan 17

Basics of Solar Energy

2

F Jan 19

Solar Energy: Heat Transport and Storage

3

M Jan 22

Photovoltaic Cell Technology

3

W Jan 24

Solar Collector Systems

3

F Jan 26

Passive Solar Design

4

M Jan 29

Solar Powered Cars

4

W Jan 31

Large Scale Solar Energy Generation

4

F Feb 2

MIDTERM #1

5

M Feb 5

Energy Storage Systems I

5

W Feb 7

Energy Storage Systems II

5

F Feb 9

Energy Storage Systems III

6

M Feb 12

Hydroelectric Power I: Feasibility

6

W Feb 14

Hydroelectric Power II: Risks

6

F Feb 16

Wind Energy I: The Backyard Windmill TH>

7

M Feb 19

Wind Power II: Wind Farm Feasibility

7

W Feb 21

The Oceans I: Currents and Energy Generation

7

F Feb 23

The Oceans II: A Giant Heat Engine

8

M Feb 26

Geothermal Energy: Instant Steam

1

W Feb 28

Comparative Review of Alternative Energy Sources

8

F Mar 1

MIDTERM #2

9

M Mar 4

Fuel from Biomass

9

W Mar 6

Pollution and Waste Heat

9

W Mar 8

Thermodynamic Limitations

10

M Mar 11

Barriers to Production Line Development

10

W Mar 13

Recent and Current Legislation

10

F Mar 15

The Future