Mon 11 Dec 2017
Wed 6 Dec 2017
Take home and in-class final exam
The last take home exam/midterm will be handed out Friday morning and will be due at the beginning of the final exam. Your exam score for the class will be the highest of these two grades.
You will turn in a PDF format copy of your final project on Moodle. You will also turn in a DOCX format copy of your final project on Moodle.
Each team member will write a short description of each team member's key contributions and turn in on paper today.
All late work tokens must be handled by 5pm Friday of exam week.
Wed 29 Nov 2017
Austin found a great document explaining automobile impacts.
Mon 27 Nov 2017
Project Rough draft is due Wednesday at the start of class. I have a first draft of my current manuscript.
In the news: Keystone XL was approved recently.
Wed 08 Nov 2017
The Government Accountability Office released a report on the financial effects of climate change.
The Climate Science Special Report was also recently released as part of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).
Wed 27 Sep 2017 - Class 10
Midterm 1 Learning Objectives
Background, Context, History of energy, and epistemology
- Describe the role of energy technologies in human history.
- Describe the basics of how we gather information and science around energy.
Energy Estimations and Models
- Able to perform estimates of energy quantities using scientific notation, magnitudes, dimensions, and units.
- Use the factor-label method to communicate these estimates.
- Able to describe assumptions and models to others.
- Develop intuition about the relative amounts of energy needed for different tasks.
- Recognize categories of energy (kinetic, potential, chemical, etc.)
- Describe operation and energy conversion of major energy production technologies
- Recognize and describe primary and secondary sources of energy
- Describe proven reserves, possible reserves, potential reserves
- Find and interpret data on the relative contributions of each energy source.
- Describe combustion and photosynthesis
- Describe the energy conversions to provide transportation.
- Describe the energy conversions to provide industrial and small-scale agriculture.
- Describe the energy conversions to provide human dwellings.
- Describe negative effects from the lack of access to safe energy sources.
- Understand the barriers preventing energy access from reaching everyone
Wed 20 Sep 2017 - Class 8
|0||Jordan Joseph Machtolff||Lydia Esther Vass||Alexandria Janelle Sadler|
|1||Alexander Luc Mia Van Wonterghem||Sean Son Jr Nguyen||Arden Kelly Childers|
|2||Samantha Lynne Cobb||Amanda R Stewart||Benjamin Hunter Whipple|
|3||Michael Joseph Campos||Elaini Maria Vargas||Adrien Vierra|
|4||Elisabeth Antonetta Haggard||Owen Thompson Goode||Gregory Harmatz Rosen|
|5||Sinoun Phoung||Hayley Jordan Fouratt||Melanie Marie Luster|
|6||Bajun Dhunjisha Mavalwalla||Jacob Anthony Andrews||Amelia Louise Baker|
|7||Jordan Louis Filak||Shauna Nicole Langan||Claire C Sugihara|
|8||Julia Anne Walker I||Kelsey R Haydon||Nicholas Frederick Duchesne|
|9||Maxwell Charles Gilbert||Anna Elaine Holbrook||Josephine Payson Clements|
|10||Jailene Sotelo||Clayton Matthew Hutcheson||Martin Kenneth Christensen|
|11||Jake Lee Saville||Evan Alden Hoffmann||Tyler Fredrick Rush|
18 Sep 2017 - Class 7
Discuss in groups how you would begin to answer these questions? What smaller questions might need to be asked?
- Is it too late to “save” the planet?
- Does being a vegetarian even make a difference?
- How efficient is solar energy?
- How much of fossil fuels play in a role when making solar panels?
- Can the implementation of a carbon tax actually make an impact on the use of fossil fuels and coal in America?
- Who has the biggest monopoly on our current energy system?
- Is it possible to have everyone driving electric cars by 2050?
- Does the cost to the environment of using fossil fuels outweigh the cost of creating wind/solar/water energy?
- How much longer until our renewable energy sources match the cheapness of fossil fuels?
- Which renewable energy source is the most cost effective?
- How much CO2 could be sequestered by planting more native grass lands?