Energy Resources

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Session: 

  • Session A: July 10 - July 22, 2017

Time: 

  • 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Category: 

  • Sciences

Instructor: 

  • Rachel Valletta
Description: 

This module introduces the concepts of energy production with a specific focus on Pennsylvanian energy, including geologic concepts (what resources exist where, and why?), engineering technologies pertaining to resource extraction (e.g. hydraulic fracturing, offshore drilling) and the transportation of energy. Related policy and economic topics, as well as implications for climate change are discussed as they pertain to each energy resource. We also explore the role of renewable energy resources, particularly those used in Pennsylvania.

Students learn the physical underpinnings of how we define and quantify energy. Students also learn about power generation from different energy resources; why coal, oil and natural gas form where they do and how we extract and utilize these resources; and the environmental impact associated with the use of each. Students are introduced to the importance of energy in American society and how it has evolved through time. Students also use concepts learned in class to read energy policy news stories.

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