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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 37 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 weeks of study; 5-7 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

1 video (Total 3 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 readings
Syllabus10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
2 practice exercises
Orientation Quiz5m
Demographics Survey5m
5 hours to complete

Week 1: How It All Starts and Ends

13 videos (Total 120 min), 5 quizzes
13 videos
We Are All Star Material9m
Disappearing Mass2m
How Things Work: Big Bells and Bad Beats10m
Measure Up8m
Energy Around the World9m
Where Does It Come From?8m
How Is It Used?14m
How Things Work: Voice Change and Sound Proofing - What Is Sound?5m
How Things Work: Voice Change and Sound Proofing – Getting Rid of Sound7m
How Things Work: Voice Change and Sound Proofing – Do Silencers Really Work15m
4 practice exercises
Topic 1 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 2 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 3 Practice Quiz15m
Week 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

Week 2: Getting and Using the Power

14 videos (Total 154 min), 5 quizzes
14 videos
How Things Work: Airport behind the Scenes10m
Energy from Chemistry?9m
Heat Engines7m
How Things Work: The Engine in Your Car…17m
Diesel Is Different7m
Octane and Other Numbers at the Pump8m
Hybrid Cars?14m
Electricity: What and How10m
Electricity: Where and When11m
The Smart Grid8m
How Things Work: Shock and Awe-some Lightning17m
4 practice exercises
Topic 4 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 5 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 6 Practice Quiz15m
Week 2 Quiz30m
Week
3
7 hours to complete

Week 3: Why Coal Is Dirty

19 videos (Total 248 min), 5 quizzes
19 videos
Burning Coal through the Decades10m
What Goes Up in Smoke?10m
The University's Power (Plant)12m
How Things Work: A Coal (and Gas) Power Plant23m
Acid Rain14m
Trading Smoke Works10m
Cleaning Coal (I.e., Dropping Acid)7m
How Things Work: What Happens to Our Garbage21m
How the Greenhouse Works9m
Which Gasses Are Bad?3m
The Earth's Getting Warmer – How Do We Know?9m
Effects of Global Warming10m
How to Cool the Planet7m
Geoengineering – Possible? Desirable?15m
How Things Work: What Happens When You Flush Your Toilet?26m
Climate Change Assignment Introduction15m
4 practice exercises
Topic 7 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 8 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 9 Practice Quiz15m
Week 3 Quiz30m
Week
4
7 hours to complete

Week 4: Oil and Gas – With Us Forever?

17 videos (Total 201 min), 5 quizzes
17 videos
How to Get Even More Out!11m
Refining: Crude Conversion9m
How Things Work: Gateway to the Heavens21m
Oil Producers and Consumers14m
Tar Sands3m
Pipeline Controversies7m
Oil Economics10m
How Things Work: How Does a Cell Phone Find You?23m
From the Well to You12m
How Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Works15m
Fracking and the Environment: Myth and Reality15m
Who Produces and Consumes Natural Gas7m
Combined Cycle and Converting Coal to Run It6m
How Things Work: Laser Light Shows9m
4 practice exercises
Topic 10 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 11 Practice Quiz15m
Topic 12 Practice Quiz15m
Week 4 Quiz30m
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By TKAug 16th 2018

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

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David N. Ruzic

Abel Bliss Professor
Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

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