EME 811
Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry

2.4 Assignment


This homework assignment consists of six quantitative problems that are closely tied with the readings. Of course these six problems selected from the D&B textbook do not make a complete assessment of how well versed you are with radiation property calculations, but they are good teasers challenging you to apply some of the key equations you see in the book. In that sense it is more of a learning activity rather than an assessment. The videos posted in the previous sections of this lesson give you an example how to approach this kind of calculations. 

Deliverable - Lesson 2 Assignment

Problems: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 from the D&B textbook (see Appendix A)

I ask you to complete these problems by hand, clearly showing your work step by step. While you should feel free to use any calculation software or spreadsheets behind scenes, I will only read and grade your hand-written solutions. The recommended format for hand-written problems should include underlined statements of:

  • knowns
  • assumptions
  • properties to find
  • analysis (including what equations used, numbers, and units)
  • solution (please draw a box around your final answer)

A sample hand-written problem is given in the Lesson 2 Module in Canvas. 

Please create electronic images of your hand-written solutions (via scan or camera) and save them in a single PDF document. If you have series of images of your pages, you can first insert them into a MS Word document in proper order, and then save the file as PDF. Please note that It is your responsibility to make your submission legible. If I cannot read it, how can I give you credit? 

The assignment is due by 11:55PM on Wednesday. Please see the Calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.