Energy & Environment

Schedule     [printable/iPad version]

25 August - 29 August

Wednesday 27 2:00 PM, first class in Science 203

  • The farmer and the seed
8 September - 12 September
  • Horizontal motion and Inertia
  • Acceleration and force
  • Lab: Heat/Temp section 1
15 September - 19 September
  • Gravity and acceleration
  • Energy and force
  • Summarizing and evaluating
  • Lab: Pulleys / work
22 September - 26 September

Wednesday 24 Community Engagement day (no class)

  • Exponents [2.4, 2.5]
  • Newton's law of gravity [5.2]
  • Gravitational Energy
  • Kinetic Energy [6.3]
  • A framework for decision making
  • Lab: Heat/Temp section 2
29 September - 3 October
  • Atoms / Matter [2.1, 2.2]
  • Moving atoms and temperature [2.3]
  • Atoms and molecules[2.8]
  • Energy conservation [6.5]
6 October - 10 October
  • Goldilocks and the two meteors [2.4, 2.5]
13 October - 17 October

Monday 13 Midterm break through Fri, Oct 17

20 October - 24 October
  • Human power
  • Power [6.7]
  • Household Power
27 October - 31 October
  • Week of Entropy
  • Electricity / Solar?
  • Heat engines
  • Entropy
  • Automobiles and efficiency[7.5-7.7]
3 November - 7 November
  • Week of Exponential growth (and decay)
  • Exponential growth- preparation
  • Exponential growth and resources [7.8]
10 November - 14 November
  • Week of Carbon and climate change
  • Refrigerators and heat pumps
  • Carbon cycle and the atmosphere
17 November - 21 November
  • Heat and light
24 November - 28 November

Thursday 27 Thanksgiving break through Fri, Nov 28

  • Radioactivity and the nucleus [8.6, 14.1-14.3]
  • Half-lives and dating [14.4, 14.5]
  • Risks - Nuclear and otherwise [14.6, 14.7]
  • Week of Nuclear energy
  • Addressing climate change
  • Exercises for Quiz on Energy and Entropy (Chapters 6 & 7)
1 December - 5 December
  • Fission / weapons [15.4-15.6]
  • U.S. energy budget spreadsheet
8 December - 12 December

Monday 8 Last day of classes

Tuesday 9 Reading day

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