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Abstract Title: Integrating Commercial Solar Panels in the Physics Curriculum
Abstract: Agnes Scott College has a significant number of sustainability initiatives, including a hydro-geothermal HVAC system and 5 solar photovoltaic arrays.  The Physics and Astronomy department is in the process of integrating alternative energy into our curriculum and public outreach activities.  During Laboratory Physics (PHY311), two student teams pursued self-designed projects to model the efficiency of the 6kW solar array installed at a fixed tilt on the flat roof of the college observatory.  During the summer of 2015, two student research scholars constructed a movable mount and data acquisition system for a stand-alone panel identical to those on the roof, to allow control for individual variables such as sun angle, temperature, and other weather conditions (as measured by the on-site weather station).  In future years, students will learn about the solar panels in Analog Electronics (PHY242) and present solar power to K-12 school groups touring our Observatory.
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Nicole Ackerman
Agnes Scott College
141 E. College Ave.
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 14044715627
and Co-Presenter(s)
Amy Lovell, Agnes Scott College
Meghan Franklin, Agnes Scott College
Rebecca Cupp, Agnes Scott College
Yijun (Emma) Wan,  Agnes Scott College
Connor Day, Agnes Scott College
Victoria Wood, Agnes Scott College
Eli Whisnant, Agnes Scott College

Presentation Documents

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