PH3700 Fundamentals of Energy

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.


Introductory physics at the algebra/trigonometry level

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  • As Required