Winter 2018 PSC 320


Energy, Society, and the Environment. See a past class for problem sets, exams, and solutions.
MWF (in 53-213) 5:10 – 6:00Pete Schwartz, Cal Poly Physics,, phone: 756-1220, office: 180-608
Other Classes, Personal Webpage Energy Research
My Resume, Teaching Statement, Student Evaluations, and the rest of my public application for promotion in 2016.
Office hours: Mon. and Tues. 2:10 PM; Wed. and Thurs. 3:10 PM, Fri 11:10 AM

Our Project Page: Propose a Project! Sign up for the project you want!
Project Page Spring physics of Energy Projects (just for ideas)
Intervention Page

Find class policy and grading on our Syllabus.

Problem Sets: PS#1, PS#1 solutions, PS#2 , PS2_Solutions, PS#3, PS#3_Solutions, PS#4, PS#4 solutions, PS#5 Due Friday, Feb. 16!!, PS#6, PS#6 Solutions, PS#7, PS#7Solutions, PS#8, solutions for 8 & 9, Electricity use spreadsheet

Exams: MT#1, MT#1 Solutions, MT#2, MT#2_solutions, Final Exam Study Guide

Response to Feedback: Week 2, Week 8, Final Student Evaluations

Weekly Timeline

Week 1 Intro, units, demographics
Week 2 Heat Flow, Engines. (No class Monday) 1st Self Intervention – Don’t throw anything away
Week 3 Efficiency, Electricity — future: initial electrical self analysis
Week 4 Grid and Smart Grid Peak Oil Midterm Friday 2:10 – 4:00
Week 5 Climate Change 2nd Self Intervention – Empathy
Week 6 Nuclear, Cooking
Week 7 Financial and Carbon Market (Class on Tuesday) Midterm Wednesday
Week 8 Efficiency, renewable energy 3rd Self Intervention –
Week 9 Transportation
Week 10 Wrapping-up, Projects Midterm Friday 2:10 – 4:00
Finals Week – preparing talks
Final Presentation and Potluck: Wednesday, March 21, 4:10 From the Final Exam Schedule

Notes to self on how to improve the class