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ESCI 1045 - Energy Concepts Lab

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab 2
Course Description: This laboratory course examines various energy concepts through hands-on learning. Topics will include, but are not limited to: liquid fuels, solid fuels, biomass, wind, solar, insulation, heat storage, pollution and conservation.
MnTC Goals
3 Natural Science, 10 People/Environment

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: ESCI 1040  or concurrently enrolled and arithmetic placement score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher OR placement score/ACT score placement into MATH 0070  or above OR completion MATH 0030  with a grade of C or higher. We strongly encourage students who score below 64 to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss their review and course options PRIOR to Math assessment retesting or registering for a MATH course.

Major Content
  1. Batteries
  2. Energy use and future demand
  3. Heat transfer
  4. Insulation
  5. Light bulbs
  6. Liquid fuel
  7. Modes of transportation
  8. Solar energy
  9. Solid fuel
  10. Viscosity
  11. Windows

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. calculate the amount of energy used in everyday activities
  2. identify ways to utilize energy in a more efficient manner.
  3. compare the cost-effectiveness of energy utilization in various situations.

Competency 1 (1-6)
03. 01. Demonstrate understanding of scientific theories. 03. 02. Formulate and test hypotheses by performing laboratory, simulation, or field experiments in at least two of the natural science disciplines. One of these experimental components should develop, in greater depth, students’ laboratory experience in the collection of data, its statistical and graphical analysis, and an appreciation of its sources of error and uncertainty. 03. 03. Communicate their experimental findings, analyses, and interpretations both orally and in writing. 03. 04. Evaluate societal issues from a natural science perspective, ask questions about the evidence presented, and make informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.
Competency 2 (7-10)
10. 01. Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems. 10. 02. Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems. 10. 05. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems. 10. 06. Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.

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