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Programa - O que você aprenderá com este curso

1 hora para concluir

Course Orientation

You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.

1 vídeo ((Total 3 mín.)), 4 leituras, 2 testes
4 leituras
About the Discussion Forums10min
Updating Your Profile10min
Social Media10min
2 exercícios práticos
Orientation Quiz5min
Demographics Survey5min
5 horas para concluir

Week 1: How It All Starts and Ends

The course starts by looking at the basic principles of energy sources at the level of the atoms and molecules. This shows how everything from wind energy to nuclear energy share the same basic concept. We then go on to blow some stuff up and explain the statistics of what forms of energy are used around the world – who has them, who uses them, and who produces them. “How Things Work” segments start with a bang (fireworks) and then get both louder (bell towers) and softer (silencers).

13 vídeos ((Total 120 mín.)), 5 testes
13 videos
Nothing New under the Sun6min
How Things Work: Fireworks15min
We Are All Star Material9min
Disappearing Mass2min
How Things Work: Big Bells and Bad Beats10min
Measure Up8min
Energy Around the World9min
Where Does It Come From?8min
How Is It Used?14min
How Things Work: Voice Change and Sound Proofing - What Is Sound?5min
How Things Work: Voice Change and Sound Proofing – Getting Rid of Sound7min
How Things Work: Voice Change and Sound Proofing – Do Silencers Really Work15min
4 exercícios práticos
Topic 1 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 2 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 3 Practice Quiz15min
Week 1 Quiz30min
6 horas para concluir

Week 2: Getting and Using the Power

Here we dig into the two most frequent uses of energy and how to make it into useful devices, namely, the engines in cars and making electricity. How exactly does an engine work, and are there ways to make them better? How do they tie into the basic physics from the first week? We also find out what is so “smart” about the electric grid and how it is changing over time. “How Things Work” features airports, hybrid cars, and really flashy electricity (i.e., lightning!).

14 vídeos ((Total 154 mín.)), 5 testes
14 videos
What Is Temperature?16min
Fun and Facts with Liquid Nitrogen3min
How Things Work: Airport behind the Scenes10min
Energy from Chemistry?9min
Heat Engines7min
How Things Work: The Engine in Your Car…17min
Diesel Is Different7min
Octane and Other Numbers at the Pump8min
Hybrid Cars?14min
Electricity: What and How10min
Electricity: Where and When11min
The Smart Grid8min
How Things Work: Shock and Awe-some Lightning17min
4 exercícios práticos
Topic 4 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 5 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 6 Practice Quiz15min
Week 2 Quiz30min
7 horas para concluir

Week 3: Why Coal Is Dirty

Fossil fuels still dominate the energy landscape, and this week we go into them deeply, starting with coal. What is it? Where does it come from? Who has it? Who uses it? What problems does it cause? We will explore global warming and, more importantly, what can be done about it. You get to control the world in a climate model and see how bad (or how good) the future can be. “How Things Work” takes you into a coal power plant, a trash transfer station, and a waste treatment plant, so grab your shovels and hard hat, and let’s dig in!

19 vídeos ((Total 248 mín.)), 5 testes
19 videos
Coal: Who Has It, Wants It, and Uses It17min
What's Up with the Water?8min
Burning Coal through the Decades10min
What Goes Up in Smoke?10min
The University's Power (Plant)12min
How Things Work: A Coal (and Gas) Power Plant23min
Acid Rain14min
Trading Smoke Works10min
Cleaning Coal (I.e., Dropping Acid)7min
How Things Work: What Happens to Our Garbage21min
How the Greenhouse Works9min
Which Gasses Are Bad?3min
The Earth's Getting Warmer – How Do We Know?9min
Effects of Global Warming10min
How to Cool the Planet7min
Geoengineering – Possible? Desirable?15min
How Things Work: What Happens When You Flush Your Toilet?26min
Climate Change Assignment Introduction15min
4 exercícios práticos
Topic 7 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 8 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 9 Practice Quiz15min
Week 3 Quiz30min
7 horas para concluir

Week 4: Oil and Gas – With Us Forever?

Oil and natural gas are the most used and most popular energy sources in the world. What are they? Where do they come from? Who uses, needs, and makes them? All the facts and the controversies over pipelines and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) are discussed in detail. All of this is tightly tied to economics so grab your wallets – you will really see where your money goes! "How Things Work” takes us to high places – an observatory, a cell phone tower, and a laser light show!

17 vídeos ((Total 201 mín.)), 5 testes
17 videos
How Do You Find It?11min
How to Get It Out13min
How to Get Even More Out!11min
Refining: Crude Conversion9min
How Things Work: Gateway to the Heavens21min
Oil Producers and Consumers14min
Tar Sands3min
Pipeline Controversies7min
Oil Economics10min
How Things Work: How Does a Cell Phone Find You?23min
From the Well to You12min
How Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Works15min
Fracking and the Environment: Myth and Reality15min
Who Produces and Consumes Natural Gas7min
Combined Cycle and Converting Coal to Run It6min
How Things Work: Laser Light Shows9min
4 exercícios práticos
Topic 10 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 11 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 12 Practice Quiz15min
Week 4 Quiz30min
8 horas para concluir

Week 5: Renewables – What Is New under the Sun

Renewable energy sources finally make an appearance this week. Here we will tell you about everything powered by the sun directly and indirectly. This includes photo-voltaic, passive solar design, wind, and biofuels. Again, their inner working, what is needed, and how much it costs are the focus. You will see Prof. Ruzic make moonshine and show you how you can, too. “How Things Work” takes you to an actual windmill and brewery, and, just for fun, an ice skating rink.

16 vídeos ((Total 260 mín.)), 5 testes
16 videos
The Cost of Sunshine18min
What Is “Passive” Solar?13min
How Things Work: Ice Rinks19min
How Does a Salt Pond Work?8min
How Things Work: Windmills18min
What's in a Windmill20min
Blowing in the Wind11min
There Is Always a Cost10min
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Economy15min
Making Moonshine7min
How Things Work: How Is Beer Made?21min
What Goes into Making Biofuels?21min
Economics of Biofuels16min
Growing Stuff to Burn11min
Energy from Garbage29min
4 exercícios práticos
Topic 13 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 14 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 15 Practice Quiz15min
Week 5 Quiz30min
7 horas para concluir

Week 6: More Renewables and Your Radioactive World

We finish up renewables this week by discussing those coming from water – hydropower, geothermal, waves, and tides. You will even see Prof. Ruzic walking on water. Then, the world of the nucleus is opened up to you. What is radioactivity and how much should be feared? What is the basis for fission and how does a power plant differ from an atomic bomb? “How Things Work” looks at the visual world – from why the sky is blue to how a 3D IMAX movie system makes it seem like you are really there.

18 vídeos ((Total 253 mín.)), 5 testes
18 videos
Large-Scale Hydropower6min
The Power of Water15min
Hot Rocks7min
Heat for Homes?10min
Home Improvements!16min
How Things Work: Walking on Water15min
How Things Work: Why Is the Sky Blue?12min
ABCs of Radiation18min
The World around You16min
How Much Is Too Much?24min
What Makes Something Radioactive?3min
Food Irradiation14min
Energy from Atoms?11min
Nuclear Fission10min
What Is in a Nuclear Reactor?9min
The Biggest Bangs!18min
How Things Work: Movie Theaters in the Modern Age13min
4 exercícios práticos
Topic 16 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 17 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 18 Practice Quiz15min
Week 6 Quiz30min
7 horas para concluir

Week 7: Nuclear Power Problems and Solutions

This week covers the heart of nuclear power. We will follow the fuel from the ground and into the reactors. We also cover the major accidents in the history of nuclear power in detail. Do you remember Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and/or Fukushima? Do you want to understand in detail what worked and what did not, how much is costs, and if it is all worthwhile? Then be sure to watch the videos this week. “How Things Work” takes a lighter view – we visit a football stadium, go backstage at a theater, and even peer into the mind by exploring brain-scanning MRIs.

14 vídeos ((Total 216 mín.)), 5 testes
14 videos
How TMI Ended7min
What We Learned from TMI7min
How Things Work: What You Can Do with an MRI22min
Chernobyl: Worst Accident Ever19min
Xenon Can Be a Problem16min
Health Effects of Chernobyl14min
An Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Fukushima20min
How Things Work: Backstage at a Theater21min
Uranium from the Ground9min
Getting to the Good Stuff (Uranium Enrichment)12min
What Is Left Over (Depleted Uranium)9min
Economics of Nuclear Power23min
How Things Work: Behind the Scenes at a Football Stadium15min
4 exercícios práticos
Topic 19 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 20 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 21 Practice Quiz15min
Week 7 Quiz30min
7 horas para concluir

Week 8: Our Future Is Bright!

What does the future hold? We’ll start with how to hold the spent nuclear fuel and then talk about the modern “third generation” reactors being built today that have safety systems requiring no mechanical or human intervention. This leads to reactors that can make more fuel than they use and also to nuclear fusion – the energy source of the sun. “How Things Work” explores cooking/grilling, how microwave ovens work, and super computers, taking you to arguably the largest and fastest computer in the world.

18 vídeos ((Total 230 mín.)), 6 testes
18 videos
The Real Bad Stuff (High-Level Wastes)15min
Moving Nuclear Waste Around6min
Contaminated Things (Low-Level Wastes)10min
After It Is All Over (Decommissioning)9min
How Things Work: Grilling/Cooking11min
How to Be Allowed to Build15min
The Newest Reactors (Generation III)9min
Making More Than You Use (Breeder Reactors)13min
Dealing with the Used Fuel (Reprocessing)11min
Reactors of the Future (Generation IV)9min
How Things Work: Super Computers21min
How Things Work: Microwave Ovens15min
What Is a Plasma?9min
What Is Fusion and How Do You Get It to Work?20min
Magnetic Fusion's Progress10min
Inertial Confinement's Progress6min
What Plasmas Have to Do with Computer Chips23min
5 exercícios práticos
Topic 22 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 23 Practice Quiz15min
Topic 24 Practice Quiz15min
Week 8 Quiz30min
End of Course Survey5min
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Principais avaliações do Energy, Environment, and Everyday Life

por TKAug 16th 2018

Great course by Prof. Ruzic. Very well explained, fun assignments as well.



David N. Ruzic

Abel Bliss Professor
Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

Sobre Universidade de Illinois em Urbana-ChampaignUniversidade de Illinois em Urbana-Champaign

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