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Integrating sustainability across and within the science curriculum of Gustavus Adolphus College *. Chuck Niederriter , Amanda Hochstatter , Hasanga Samaraweera , Amy Audette , Kevin Clark. Summer 2011 Meeting of the AAPT Omaha, NE * NSF DUE # 0942235. Goals: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Integrating sustainability across and within the science curriculum of Gustavus Adolphus College*Chuck Niederriter, Amanda Hochstatter, Hasanga Samaraweera, Amy Audette, Kevin ClarkSummer 2011 Meetingof the AAPTOmaha, NE

*NSF DUE #0942235 Goals: To Increase Interest in Science and Science-related Careers. Because energy usage, global warming, and energy conservation are currently topics of high interest for young people, course work in sustainability will draw more students into science.

To Enhance Quantitative Literacy. The nature of sustainability is such that students are required to develop good quantitative skills in order to go beyond a conceptual level of understanding.

To Increase Thermodynamic Literacy. Due to its abstract nature, thermodynamics is a difficult subject for science students and even more difficult for non-science students. However, the understanding of the basics of thermodynamics is important for responsible decision-making in a modern, energy-driven world. So, we believe that it is essential to ensure that the next generation of decision makers have a high level of thermodynamic literacy.

To Improve Sustainability Literacy. A great deal of the science behind conservation, energy production, and energy management is new and evolving, which will challenge students, but can also create an exciting learning environment.

To Emphasize the Interdisciplinary Nature of Science. Work in sustainability, as well as many other areas in science, is inherently interdisciplinary. It is important that students are aware of this so they can begin to see the connections between the scientific disciplines.

Overview of ProjectDevelop labs and classroom materials thattake advantage of student interest in energy and the environment to increase interest in sciencelead to an increase in quantitive literacylead to an increase in thermodynamics and energy literacyhelp students see the interconnection between classes and the interdisciplinary nature of science

Courses: Introductory and General Education First Term Seminars Renewable Energy, Energy, Environment, etc. Introduction to Environmental Studies J-Term courses on renewable energy Chemistry in Context

Biology Principles of Biology Cell and Molecular Genetics

Chemistry Principles of Chemistry Environmental Chemistry Physical Chemistry 1 Thermodynamics

Physics General Physics (for biology, chemistry, biochemistry majors) Classical Physics (for physics majors and pre-engineers)

Geology Principles of GeologyIntroductory Laboratory Experiences for Non-Science Majors:

Hydrogen Storage Mechanical and Electromagnetic Storage Combustion Fermentation Cellulase Breakdown of Cellulose Human Power Ethanol Greenhouse Effect

Introduction to energy Heat engines Energy Content of Fuels Photovoltaics Geothermal Power Solar Water Heating Wind Power Hydroelectric Power Energy Storage in Batteries Introduction to Power Inverters

Bomb Calorimeter


Solar Thermal

Fuel Cell Cars

Greenhouse Gas Lab

Ethanol ProductionBacterial EthanolAlter the genetic structure of the bacteria Plasmid increases ethanol production


Intermediate Level Laboratory Experiencesfor Science Majors:Advanced Photovoltaics Advanced Wind Power Advanced Hydroelectric Power Advanced Battery Storage Advanced Hydrogen Storage Biodiesel Advanced Ethanol Power Conversion Motors and Generators

Changes to E & M LabsAdded battery construction and introduction to hydrogen fuel cell to Digital Multimeter LabAdded an exploration of power inverters to Oscilloscope labAdded impedance matching in fuel cells and photovoltaics to Wheatstone Bridge and Power Transfer labAdded build-your-own generator (using pre-wound coils and disc magnets) to Faradays Law lab Faradays Law Induced Emf = -N dB/dt

Where Emf = Voltage B = Magnetic FluxN = Number of Turns in wire

Same Law New Approach

Future PlansEvaluate effectiveness of labs developed last summerRefine labs developed last summerAdvisory committee suggest additional directions for new labsDevelop new labsDevelop Introduction to Sustainability lectures for courses adopting new labsDissemination Web Site Jeremiason, Jim Dontje, & Colleen Jacks (my Co-PIs)Faculty Advisory CommitteeJeff Williams Outside ReviewerNational Science Foundation


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