Fundamentals of Energy

Course #PH3700

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course provides a study of the underlying science of all aspects of energy, including energy availability, production, conversion, storage, and delivery. Topics covered will emphasize basic physics and chemistry of: work, power, units and unit conversion; fossil fuels, heat engines and power plants; solar thermal and solar voltaic sources; wind, hydro, and tidal power; geothermal and biomass energy; transportation, including electric and hybrid vehicles, batteries and fuel cells; nuclear energy; and energy conservation. Quantitative problem solving will be emphasized, including development of tools for energy systems analysis. Student will present briefs addressing energy topics with DoD/Don relevance at the end of the course.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 121
  • 236


  • Introductory physics at the algebra/trigonometry level

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

·       Understand the basics of energy and its use.

·       Understand the types and properties of fossil fuels.

·       Understand the basics of nuclear energy.

·       Understand the basics of solar energy.

·       Understand the basics of wind and hydro power.

·       Understand the basics of waves, tides and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).

·       Understand geothermal and biomass energy.

·       Be able to perform calculations related to these types of energy.

·       Understand the basic concepts of energy conservation and storage.

·       Apply the knowledge learned to prepare a presentation on energy, relevant to the student’s position.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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