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Title: Power for the People
Course Section Number: FRT-101-03
Department: Freshman Tutorial
Description: Gaylon Ross is an experimental physicist who also teaches courses in astronomy and chemistry. Between his two stretches as a college professor, he spent a dozen years managing a manufacturing plant in Crawfordsville. He enjoys music and movies from all eras and genres, Canadian fishing and good cigars, and he sings tenor in his church choir. Humans have learned to harness energy since the dawn of civilization for warmth, for sustenance, and to improve the quality of their lives. In the process, our capabilities have advanced to almost unimaginable realms. But what exactly is energy, and how do we manipulate it for our benefit? In this course, we will look at the history of energy usage from agriculture to electricity, the steam engine to nuclear power plants, and we will address many questions of importance today: Are oil, coal, and natural gas really becoming scarce? Must we curtail the use of these fossil fuels due to their impact on global climate change and America's vulnerability because of our reliance on foreign sources? Are there alternative energy sources that are reliable, sustainable, and economically viable? Will fuel cells and fusion reactors be our future long-term solution? And are electric cars really all they are advertised to be? Whether you consider yourself a science student, a skeptic, or a seeker of sage advice, this class will guide you in separating the facts from the hype and prepare you to make informed decisions regarding responsible energy usage.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: December 17, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-12/15/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Goodrich Hall, Room 006
Faculty: Ross, Gaylon

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Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
Power for the People
CLOSED Freshman Tutorial 16 16 / 0 / 0