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Physics 100
Spring 2011
Physics 100 - Energy
Spring 2011
Dr. Michael Carini
TCCW 229
[email protected]
Office Hours: By appointment
Textbook: Energy and the Environment, 2nd ed. Ristine & Kraushaar
Class Meets: MWF 10:20-11:15 TCCW 201
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Course Grade:
3 examinations worth 15% each.
Class attendance and participation 10%
Homework and in class activities worth 20%
Comprehensive Final Examination worth 25%.
Course Description
A one-semester survey of the concepts of energy applicable to the understanding of energy in our environment. Topics covered are the nature of energy, sources, transmission, consumption,
energy and the environment, and prospects for the future. Hands on activities will be conducted as part of the classroom work.
I expect regular and prompt attendance in this class. Regular attendance is critical to attaining a passing grade in this class. If you need to be absent, do what you can to contact me in advance
and for issues involving a visit to a medical professional, please provide verification.
General education goals: Through coursework, discussion, readings, reliable resources and empirical exercises Physics 100 introduces the scientific method and critical thinking associated with
the impact of science on society that prepares students at Western Kentucky University to understand the relevance and impact of energy
Students with disabilities: In compliance with university policy, students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course
must contact the Office for Student Disability Services in DUC A-200 of the Student Success Center in Downing University Center. Please DO NOT request accommodations directly from
the professor or instructor without a letter of accommodation from the Office for Student Disability Services.
Make-up policy: No makeup examinations or activities will be given unless your absence has been pre-approved or you have a valid excuse (note from a medical professional, etc)
NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED, except for certain cases where you were not in class due to an illness or other verifiable, excused absence.
Physics 100
Weekly Schedule Spring 2011
Week of:
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 14
February 21
February 28
March 14
March 21
March 28
April 4
April 11
April 18
April 25
May 2
Energy basics and uses
Energy basics and uses, fossil fuels
Fossil fuels
Heat engines
Test 1, Solar Energy
Other renewable energy sources
Other renewable energy sources
Nuclear Power
Test 2 Energy sources for transportation
Energy sources for transportation
Effects of energy generation on the environment
Effects of energy generation on the environment
Test 3, Conservation
Last day of Class is Friday, May 6
Cumulative Final Exam Tuesday, Monday, May 9 10:30 – 12:30 pm
Note: There is no class March 7-11 (Spring break)
Physics 100
Writing Activities for Spring 2011
You will be presented with 5 questions related to the topic of energy that you will have to research and answer. These are questions we will answer in class; you have the opportunity to
answer them yourself in advance of our class discussion. You will be given a minimum of 2 weeks to answer these questions. Your answer will be in the form of a paper that fulfills the
following requirements:
Typed, single space, 12 pt. font
2 page minimum of text w/1 inch margins
Minimum of four external references , one of which can be your textbook. Internet articles are allowed.
1 page bibliography, on a separate page from the text of the paper, listing all your sources, in the appropriate format for a bibliography.
Sources must be referenced in the text
The questions:
Are we running out of fossil fuels? (answer must discuss Hubbart and his curve)
Start 01/31/11 due 2/11/2011
How and when do we use the sun for power? Is it a viable solution for all our energy needs?
Start 2/14/2011 due 2/25/2011
Nuclear Power-what is it, how does it produce electricity, will it solve our energy needs and is it safe?
Start 2/28/2011 due 03/18/2011
Hydrogen fuel cells –what are they, will they solve our energy problems and how?
Start 03/21/2011 due 04/1/2011
Climate change - what is it, what can we do about it what are we doing about it?
Start 04/4/2011 due 04/15/2011
Do’s and Don’ts:
Don’t be afraid of details, as long as they are related to the topic. Do include details. I expect and encourage details. Remember this is a physics class, details on the physics and the
technology are more than appropriate, they are absolutely necessary to properly answer the question.
Do include relevant pictures and figures, but don’t pad the paper with figures and pictures, unless they are relevant to the question. The 2 page minimum is for text, if you add pictures, I
expect the paper to be longer than 2 pages.
Don’t turn in a paper that does not meet the 4 requirements listed above. It will be returned immediately with a grade of 0. You will have the opportunity to rewrite it, but no extra time
will be given for other class work to be completed.
Don’t plagarize. It is an automatic 0 and you will be reported to the university for further disciplinary action.
Don’t copy your friends or enemies work. You both will be subject to the penalties described above for plagarism.
This is not a new topic!
• Just how long have we been talking about