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Georgia Institute of Technology

Energy 101: The Big Picture

Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera

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As a society and individually, we use energy every moment of our lives to improve our quality of life. Energy 101 will develop the big picture and connect the details of our energy use, technology, infrastructure, impact, and future.


Syllabus and Introduction

Energy, Society and Economy
-This module introduces the concepts of impact of energy issues on society, sources of energy, role of fossil fuels and issues of oil import

Natural Gas Liquids, Ethanol & Energy Independence
-This module targets issues on Energy Independence, Oil Supply and Price

Solar and Wind Power Resources
-This module explore renewable energy sources

Energy Conversion
-This module concentrates on topics in Energy Conversion

Electric Power Technologies
-This module explores topics in Power Plant Technologies and Carbon Emissions

Alternative Fueled Cars and Other Energy Issues
-This module explores Electric Car, Carbon Emission and summarizes concepts of this course

Taught by

Sam Shelton


3.4 rating, based on 11 Class Central reviews

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  • Jackie Lefevers
    This class was very interesting, and I enjoyed the content...but I simply didn't have time to complete the necessary work (thus resulting in me dropping the course.) I have a background in sustainability, so it was easy for me to follow, though I do think it could be slightly difficult for someone with zero energy knowledge to follow.
  • Simon Richards
    Very dated and biased in places. Presenter (Dr Shelton) is pleasant, but stumbles often, and the slides are laden with typos. Several of the exam questions make little sense and aren't covered by the material. Wouldn't recommend.
  • Mohammad Sajjad Haider
    The course gives some nice facts about Energy production, conversion and use. Would have been nicer if the prof had been less biased towards some of the newer technologies.
  • Dfarning
    Takes a rather biased perspective towards non fossil based energy sources.

    Very disappointing considering the high quality of courses Georgia Tech has been producing.
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  • Francisco Javier Jiménez

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