A short lecture introducing the idea that most of the energy loss when driving is going into the kinetic energy of the air.
Let's start by visualizing the energy flow associated with driving a gasoline-powered car. We will use a box and arrow diagram, where boxes represent where energy can accumulate, and arrows show energy flow.
- The same model used in MacKay's book
- Introduce key ideas from thermodynamics
- A valuable model for figuring out how we're going to save the Earth
The energy clearly starts in the form of gasoline in the tank. Where does it go?
Actually ask this of students.
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The work contribute to
The most important factors for a coarse-grain model of highway driving:
face Lecture
10 min.
assignment Homework
It has been proposed to use the thermal gradient of the ocean to drive a heat engine. Suppose that at a certain location the water temperature is \(22^\circ\)C at the ocean surface and \(4^{o}\)C at the ocean floor.
What is the maximum possible efficiency of an engine operating between these two temperatures?
group Small Group Activity
30 min.
central forces quantum mechanics eigenstates eigenvalues hermitian operators quantum measurements degeneracy expectation values time dependence
Students calculate the expectation value of energy and angular momentum as a function of time for an initial state for a particle on a ring. This state is a linear combination of energy/angular momentum eigenstates written in bra-ket notation.group Small Group Activity
30 min.
group Small Group Activity
30 min.
group Small Group Activity
30 min.
face Lecture
5 min.
group Small Group Activity
10 min.
face Lecture
30 min.
group Small Group Activity
30 min.