PHYS310 S17 W3

Combustion and Efficiency Back to PSC 320 Main Website

Monday’s Class :

Before Class

  • Wealth of USA?.pngSolutions to PS#1 posted on main class website. Please make a USA wealth graph where the x-axis is each person in the USA ordered from poorest to richest, and the y-axis is how much money they have. That is if everyone had $200,000, it would look like the one on the left, and if each person had $10 more than the person before, it would look like the one on the right with the poorest person having nothing and the richest person having $3.2 billion. Please make two graphs: graph what you think the USA really looks like, and make a graph of how you think the USA would ideally look.
  • Only after you’ve done the above, please see Moyers: USA wealth gap
  • Please watch Conversion Efficiency with Slides (from Heat Engines Video)
  • Look up and read about cogeneration. What does it mean?
  • Please watch Carbon Intensity, and Carbon Intensity Slides.
  • Please have a look at this article about China’s decreasing carbon intensity to get a feel about how we use these terms… and see what China is doing.
  • Please read this article about the costs of treating coal miners with black lung. Consider the question: Is coal power cheap? What are some of the “external costs” or “externalities” (expect test questions on this)? How does society pay these external costs? How do you think society should pay these costs? Trump has promised to repeal regulations on corporations. How does this story highlight this repealing of regulations?
  • PS#3, due WEDNESDAY has been posted. This is the opportunity to address these questions before MT#1
  • Solutions to Big Exam #2 posted. Please check them out.
  • I’m the only one who has logged the self intervention. This is part of your grade and it’s easy to get 100%. Please do it.

During Class

After Class

Wednesday: electricity generation

Before class

During class

  • We will look at electricity generation hardware and transformers

After Activity

  • Prepare for class tomorrow (see below)


Before Class:

  • Study for Midterm
  • Solutions to PS#3 posted

During Class

  • Midterm #1 in week 3, oh wow!

After Class

What are you doing to celebrate our planet on Earth day?, This Saturday?
Earth Day April 22nd at El Chorro Regional Park.jpg