EGEE 102
Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection

Introduction & Checklist


Welcome to Lesson 3!

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Dr. Sarma Pisupati

Alright, we are into lesson 3. Lesson 3 basically deals with energy efficiency. Upon completing this lesson you will really get a quantitative feel for what energy efficiency is and also how to calculate energy efficiency with a conversion device. A conversion device can be anything – an automobile or a power plant or any device that converts one form of energy to another form.

And we will also understand the concept of entropy. Entropy is disorder. Because of entropy, our efficiencies are lower than what we normally expect. And we will look at the operating principle of a heat engine. A heat engine is a device that converts heat to work. Particularly, automobiles are all heat engines and they are notoriously inefficient. We will see 2 examples and calculations of why these automobiles are notoriously inefficient.

We can also calculate the efficiency of a whole process from the step efficiencies. For example, if it involves 2 or 3 steps like in a relay race. You know you have 3 or 4 players taking the baton and one lap by each of the athletes. So, what is the overall or team efficiency if we know the efficiency of each of those steps or the efficiency of each of those players? That is a very important concept in this chapter.

While doing this we will also learn about temperature scales; Kelvin scale, Fahrenheit, and also Celsius. So there will be a lot of numerical problems in this lesson. And there are some practice problems that you can do at the end of the chapter and also you can look in the text book for more numerical problems for your practice and you can find the answers there. Some of these problems may also appear on the exam. So watch out for the quantitative examples in this chapter.

After this chapter, there are some questions for review and discussion. You can post some of these questions on the message board – your answers, not just the questions. You can do practice questions as well. They will be scored but will not count for your grade. And after you finish this lesson there is a quiz that will count toward your grade. You can log in only once, and you will have only one opportunity to take that quiz.

Alright! Good luck!

Lesson 3 Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Define and calculate efficiency of an energy conversion device
  • Articulate the concept of entropy
  • Explain operating principles of a heat engine
  • Calculate overall efficiency from step efficiencies

Checklist for Lesson 3

Here is your "to do" list for this week.

Lesson 3 Checklist
Step Activity Access / Directions
1 Read Lesson 3 - Energy Efficiency
2 Watch Lesson 3 - Guided Review (Flash movie) (a printable Review Sheet is also provided)
3 Read Lesson 3 - Questions for Review and Discussion
4 Review Lesson 3 - Resources (supplemental materials that are optional...but informative!)
5 Complete Lesson 3 - StudyMate Activities. (You will obtain feedback for these exercises, but they will not count toward your final course grade.)
6 Take Lesson 3 - Quiz (graded) The quiz is available in Canvas.
7 Complete Home Activity 1: Residential Energy Consumption
  • (Located under the Home Activities link in the Lessons menu.)

See the calendar in Canvas for due dates/times.


If you have any questions, please post them to the General Course Questions discussion located in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are visiting the discussion board, feel free to post your own responses to questions posted by others - this way you would be helping out a classmate!