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PHYS 575A/B, Spring 2015 - Wilkes
Tuesdays: Meet in A-110 Physics-Astronomy
Thursdays: Online meeting (on-campus attendance optional), see instructions on course home page


Physics of Renewable Energy: calendar and syllabus
Last updated:
(preliminary: subject to change until class begins!)
All readings in Andrews & Jelley, Energy Science, 2nd Edition 2013
2/25/15
week date day topic text
1 3/31/15 Tues Introduction, review of basic thermodynamics Ch. 1; 2.1-2.5
  4/2/15 Thurs Thermal cycles; examples and applications 2.5-2.11
2 4/7/15 Tues Thermodynamics of power plants 3.8-3.14
  4/9/15 Thurs Review of fluid mechanics Ch. 4
3 4/14/15 Tues Dams and hydroelectric power 5.1-5.7, 11.1-11.7
  4/16/15 Thurs Tidal and wave power 5.8-5.21
4 4/21/15 Tues Wind power  Ch 6
  4/23/15 Thurs The Sun and solar energy Ch 7
5 4/28/15 Tues Electrical energy storage
Report 1 proposal due!
11.8-11.18
  4/30/15 Thurs Biomass sources Ch 8
6 5/5/15 Tues Review of nuclear physics 9.1-9.3, notes
  5/7/15 Thurs fission reactors 9.4-9.11
7 5/12/15 Tues student reports: #1 due
Report 2 proposal due!
slides
  5/14/15 Thurs more student reports slides
8 5/19/15 Tues more student reports slides
  5/21/15 Thurs Fusion power ch 10
9 5/26/15 Tues Societal impacts of energy choices Ch. 12
  5/28/15 Thurs student reports: #2 due -
10 6/2/15 Tues more student reports -
  6/4/15 Thurs more student reports -
      No final exam - class is over after 6/4/2015  



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