Session A14: Focus Session: New Ways of Communicating Physics

8:00 AM–10:48 AM, Monday, March 21, 2011
Room: D227

Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: Leonardo Colletti,

Abstract ID: BAPS.2011.MAR.A14.2

Abstract: A14.00002 : Energy Experiments for STEM Students

8:12 AM–8:24 AM

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  John Fanchi

Texas Christian University (TCU) is developing an undergraduate program that prepares students to become engineers with an emphasis in energy systems. One of the courses in the program is a technical overview of traditional energy (coal, oil and gas), nuclear energy, and renewable energy that requires as a pre-requisite two semesters of calculus-based physics. Energy experiments are being developed that will facilitate student involvement and provide hands-on learning opportunities. Students participating in the course will improve their understanding of energy systems; be introduced to outstanding scientific and engineering problems; learn about the role of energy in a global and societal context; and evaluate contemporary issues associated with energy. This talk will present the status of experiments being developed for the technical energy survey course.

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