Phys 162 Course Outline

Week

Date

Topic

1

Tu Mar 31

The Need for Alternative Energy Sources

1

Th Apr 2

Overview of Energy Conservation

2

Tu Apr 7

Thermodynamic Limitations

2

Th Apr 9

Basics of Solar Energy: Heat Transport and Storage

3

Tu Apr 14

Photovoltaic Cell Technology

3

Th Apr 16

Active and Passive Solar Design

4

Tu Apr 21

Large Scale Solar Energy Generation

4

Th Apr 23

Energy Storage Systems I

5

Tu Apr 28

MIDTERM #1

5

Th Apr 30

Energy Storage Systems II

Week

Date

Topic

6

Tu May 5

Wind Energy I: How Windmills Work

6

Th May 7

Wind Energy II: Production Facilities

7

Tu May 12

Salmon Preservation: Cheap Energy vs. Environment

7

Th May 14

Hydroelectric Power I: Feasibility and Risks

8

Tu May 19

The Oceans: Currents and Heat Engines

8

Th May 21

Geothermal Energy: Instant Steam

9

Tu May 26

Fuel from Biomass

9

Th May 28

MIDTERM #2

10

Tu Jun 2

Comparative Review of Sustainable Energy Technologies

10

Th June 4

Barriers to Production Line Development