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Physics (PHYS)
120 Willamette, 541-346-4751
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  PHYS 162   Solar & Renew Energies >3 4.00 cr.
Topics include photovoltaic cells, solar thermal power, passive solar heating, energy storage, geothermal energy, and wind energy.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Livelybrooks DE-mail Office:   225 Willamette Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-5855
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: More Information on the Science Literacy Program
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  26510 38 70 1400-1550 tr 110 WIL Livelybrooks D Additional Web Resources Available

Final Exam:

1230-1430 w 3/22 110 WIL
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 8:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 15:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 15:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 16:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 16:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 18:   Add this course
January 18:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 22:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 29:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
February 5:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 26:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 26:   Change grading option for this course
Caution You can't drop your last class using the "Add/Drop" menu in DuckWeb. Go to the “Completely Withdraw from Term/University” link to begin the complete withdrawal process. If you need assistance with a complete drop or a complete withdrawal, please contact the Office of Academic Advising, 364 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3211 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you are attempting to completely withdraw after business hours, and have difficulty, please contact the Office of Academic Advising the next business day.

Expanded Course Description
A practical course for non-science majors which offers an objective cost-benefit analysis of current technical choices for new sources of alternative and renewable electricity generation as well as alternative forms of transportation fuels. Particular focus will be made on evolving solar and wind technologies and the various economies of scale that have resulted from the last decade¿s worth of research and development. Other forms of alternative electricity generation, such as geothermal turbines, ocean wave devices and ocean thermal electric conversion will also be discussed. The course will also deal with the viability and feasibility of biorefining (e.g. grains based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, algae production of biofuels) as an effective replacement for gasoline as our main transportation fuel. Issues of over consumption and the vital role that energy conservation plays for the immediate future will also be discussed. While the curriculum is predominately lecture based, emphasis will be placed on practical examples and in-class demonstrations. Fundamental issues of physics will be discussed with a minimum of mathematics, but we will use high school algebra. Some calculations will be required for homework and some of the exam problems, so a standard calculator will be needed (but a special scientific calculator is not required).
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