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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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A Physics of Energy Course by Train, West Coast, USA
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 7:00 PM -7:10 PM
  Author: Katrina Hay, Pacific Lutheran University
253 538 5999, hay@plu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Peter B. Davis
  Abstract: Inspired by concern for sustainability and environmental impact of conventional fuel usage, an introductory interdisciplinary travel course was designed. The course provides students with an understanding of the underlying physical principles of traditional and alternative methods of energy production. The Western United States is an ideal region to study practical use and research of hydroelectric, wind, nuclear, solar, ocean wave, and geothermal energy. This course, taught for the first time in January 2011, traveled by Amtrak Coast Starlight train, making stops in Washington, Oregon, and California. Students became aware of their impact on global energy by experiencing first hand the physics connection between communities and energy. This presentation will include learning objectives, energy source locations, an interdisciplinary connection to geology, and discussion of the unique opportunity for faculty to connect with students in an off-campus environment.
  Footnotes: Blog created by the participants of the course: http://plu-west-coast-2011.blogspot.com/
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