Energy is Conserved: The First Law of Thermodynamics and the Environment
When your smartphone battery dies, the first thing you look for is undoubtedly an outlet. But what about the energy needed to fuel our everyday needs and luxuries? Where does it come from? In this seminar, we will explore the conversion and conservation of energy in the modern economy. We will understand primary sources of energy such as the sun, fissionable atomic nuclei, and fossil carbon, and how these sources are converted into different forms in order to make them useful for a variety of applications, including transportation, residential and commercial heating, electricity generation, and manufacturing. We will complement our study of these topics with field trips to a coal-fired power plant, a fusion energy research facility, and Rutgers’ state-of-the-art natural gas cogeneration and solar power plants.