# GEP 474 Learning Objectives

Note: these are a working draft.

# Course-Level Learning Objectives

- Develop model-thinking skills for electrical energy
- Develop ability in quantitative estimation
- Communicate estimations to others

# Section-Level Learning Objectives

## Electricity Concepts

- Describe voltage, charge, and current
- Reason about relative current flows in series and parallel circuits
- Reason about relative energy consumption in series and parallel configurations
- Reason about relative current flows in wires of different sizes

## Electricity Circuit Models

- Recognize and describe ideal models for resistors, batteries, voltage sources
- Able to estimate voltage, current, power, and energy in circuit elements using circuit models
- Describe and recognize practical applications of circuit models
- Draw how humans can become a circuit component
- Describe basic household wiring and safety
- Apply circuit concepts to thermal circuits
- Estimate the resistance of wires from physical properties

## Batteries

- Describe current-voltage curve using ideal and internal resistance model for a battery
- Calculate current and voltage available from series and parallel combinations of batteries
- Use Kirchoff's Laws to quantify battery bank currents and voltages

## Motors

- Describe motor energy conversion
- Describe basic parts of a motor
- Estimate voltage and current to supply motor
- Understand the factors contributing to motor efficiency
- Understand how motors behave differently than other loads
- Predict rotation speed and torque for a motor from specifications

## Computational techniques

- Able to create reusable, verifiable computational models
- Recognize and correct for missing data
- Extract power and energy statistics from time-series electricity data
- Create plots of time-series electricity data

## Carbon Emissions

- Able to estimate carbon emission estimations from carbon intensity of generation
- Able to estimate carbon reduction from energy retrofit

## Grid and Utilities (and Policies)

- Able to estimate tariffs based on fee schedule and power demand
- Describe important state and national legislation that affects electrical energy use

## Projects

- Identify unanswered questions
- Propose method to answer question
- Use electricity concepts and computational techniques on a data set
- Communicate methods, results, and implications of work