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Sustainable Energy

The Science of Sustainalbe Energy

Course Information

Course Description
Sustainable Energy provides a quantitative understanding of energy use and energy resources on both global scales and local settings. This courses will identify and quantify current energy resources, provide an understanding of energy conservation, efficiency, and the conversion of energy from less useful to more useful forms. PHYS-340 investigates the environmental consequences of our energy use, and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach required to solving real-world problems. This course focuses on the science which informs development, policy, and management decisions. Prerequisites: PHYS-207L (University Physics II) or PHYS-202L (College Physics II), and MATH-187 (Calculus I). 3.0 Credits
TR, from 7:05 - 8:20, in BBH-211.

Faculty Information

Dr. Greg Anderson, Professor of Physics
Office Hours
Posted here and by appointment
Contact Information
Email:, Phone Extension: 5753

Course Materials

Required Textbook
R. Dunlap MindTap: Sustainable Energy, 6 mo. ISBN-10: 1337551740 ISBN-13: 9781337551748. CENGAGE Learning.
Student Companion Site
Other Sustainable Energy Links:

Assignments and Expectations

Goals and Learning Outcomes
The Learning Outcomes for this course are derived from the Physics Program Learning Outcomes which align with NEIU's Baccalaureate Goals.
Time Commitment
For university courses, the universal, standard expectation is that students should spend at least 2-3 hours per week outside of class for every credit hour. For science classes, and for upper division science classes in particular, the "2" above is generally considered to be insufficient. That means for this class you should be spending at least nine hours a week outside of class time reading the text, studying the lecture notes, and doing the homework assignments. Students who do not devote enough time to outside of class study should not expect to perform well on tests and quizzes.
The final grade will be based on four unit exams, sixteen discussion posts, sixteen homework assigments and a final paper.
Any student who achieves a percentile score of above 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% is guaranteed to receive an A, B, C, or D respectively. These percentile scores may be adjusted downwards based on a class curve and other considerations.
Problem Sets
Chapter quizzes are assigned through Cengage Mindtap.
In addition to the online homework, weekly problem sets are assigned here. You are strongly encouraged to work with your classmates on problem sets, however the work on your individual problem set should be your own. These problemw will not be collected, but the exams will draw heavily on thes problem sets.
This course has four in class exams. The exams are largely based on material from lectures and problems similar to those found in the weekly assignments, qualitative questions will be based on the review questions at the end of each lecture.
Paper and Presentation
Each of you will write a paper and (time permitting give a presentation) on a sustainable energy topic of your own choosing, subject to instructor approval. The document(s) linked at the end of this sentence contain guidlines for your final paper in PDF.

Additional Information

Academic Integrity
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This lectures, problem sets and other assingments for this course are copyrighted material. Uploading any portion of this document to websites like Chegg is a very serious violation of the university student conduct code.
ADA Statement
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. To request accommodations, students with special needs should make arrangements with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office, located on the main campus in room D104. Contact SDS via (773) 442-4595 or
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