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Steven W. Collins
BST 446
Bothell Campus

Sustainable Energy

Covers the principles of energy conservation and technologies for generating and transmitting energy sustainably to meet growing energy demand. Discusses the status and prospects of current and emerging energy choices, including fossil and nuclear fuels, biomass, wind, and solar. Prerequisite: B CUSP 124; either B CHEM 142, B PHYS 114, or B PHYS 121.

Class description

Scientific principles and technologies related to energy generation and use, with emphasis on the challenges of developing a more efficient, secure, and environmentally sustainable energy supply. The course introduces the relevant chemistry, physics, and thermodynamics needed to describe, design, and analyze electric power, transportation, and other energy conversion systems. Starting with conventional fossil fuels, it moves progressively through nuclear, wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric processes, focusing on ways of integrating different technologies to meet ever-changing energy demands.

Student learning goals

Describe the first and second laws of thermodynamics; understand the constraints they impose on the generation, storage, and transmission of energy.

Describe the scientific principles and technologies used in the design of energy generation systems based on fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, and renewable sources; and assess their performance in relation to the effects on the environment and capacity to meet current and projected energy needs.

Apply knowledge of scientific principles and technologies to solve problems and design systems related to energy conversion and transmission.

Assess current and emerging energy technologies, and communicate the results orally and in writing in a manner consistent with good professional practice.

Enhance collaboration and communication skills.

General method of instruction

Combination of lecture and problem-solving activities.

Recommended preparation

One quarter of calculus; one quarter of either introductory chemistry or introductory physics.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Steven W. Collins
Date: 01/26/2012