last updated: 10/24/2011
PHYS 575 -
Winter Quarter 2012
Topics in Applications of Physics:
Renewable Energy Sources
NOTE: Students in the Evening MS Program and GNMs register for
this course through UW Professional and Continuing
Education (see links below), not via MyUW
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:50
pm, Room A-114 Physics-Astronomy Building
(Thursday class meetings are also offered online)
Instructor: R. J. Wilkes, Kenneth
Young Memorial Professor of Physics
Office: B303 Physics-Astronomy,
This course will be of interest to professionals working in, or
considering starting a business related to renewable energy or green
energy, as well as to students in physical sciences and engineering
who want to learn more about the science of non-fossil energy
Review of thermodynamics and applications to energy generation and
transport; review of fluid mechanics and applications to wind and
wave energy sources; electrical power generation and distribution,
direct and indirect solar energy conversion; review of nuclear
physics and applications to new ideas in nuclear fission power
systems, and nuclear fusion power.
- The course will combine lectures with a seminar-discussion
format. Specific topics covered may vary to reflect the
interests of students.
- Students will be expected to make brief, informal
presentations, reporting on topics they have chosen to
- Class will meet two nights per week as scheduled.
However, the Thursday evening meeting will be offered online.
Students may attend from home, work, or any other
internet-connected site, using ordinary web browsers, and Adobe
Connect software provided by PCE. Students who prefer to
attend in person may join the instructor in A-114 PAB as usual.
Graduate standing, or permission of instructor. Intermediate
level undergraduate physics courses (E&M, QM, and
thermodynamics), or equivalent engineering courses. The
course will begin with a review of relevant physics topics, so
students whose memory of their college physics courses is distant
or imperfect will be able to catch up.
a) Students enrolled in the UW Physics Evening MS Degree Program
(register for section B via PCE).
b) Anyone with adequate undergraduate preparation in a physical
science, mathematics or engineering, including the prerequisites
listed above. You may enroll for this class as a graduate
non-matriculated student (GNM), without joining the degree
program. Please contact the PCE admissions office for further
c) Full or part time UW graduate students, from any college or
campus (register for section C via MyUW).
UW Professional and
Continuing Education (PCE) links:
To request forms for course registration, or for questions about
registration, please contact:
UW Physics Evening MS
For more information about the Evening MS Degree Program, see
or contact :
R. J. Wilkes
Faculty Coordinator for Physics EMSP