Dear Massachusetts voters:
Having volunteered for Democrat hopefuls for Governor (be it Coakley, Dr. Berwick or Grossman), we must always move forward.
As winter approaches, I share this video of Dahl Winters. She discusses
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In the above video, she discusses the efficiency of different solar panels, Winters explain pn-junctions, a subject which C. Julian Chen devotes an entire chapter of his textbook, Physics of Solar Energy.
Muhammad Alam is a leading professor in solar, but I cannot walk you through his mathematics. Aside from teaching the math, Muhammad (Praise Be Unto Him!) recommends government incentives, such as tax breaks, for developers of solar energy,
Rockport and Gardner are Massachusetts towns/cities which have wind turbines, but more energy will come if a wind farm gets completed offshore down Cape Cod.
A hurdle to wind power is that Massachusetts public libraries and commercial bookstores do not shelve any textbook on wind power for the general public to browse. Any textbook in the Harvard Coop’s textbook section, which cords off people, will not have copies lying around for a reader to inspect nor buy. Private higher education has become so elite that us not enrolled in the private university may not even touch whatever textbooks the university requires of its science students.
The Coop does not list MIT and Harvard textbooks by course title, but encrypts requests for textbooks by course number.
Harvard purports itself as a campus open to tourists, but its Coop bookstore does not invite Muggles to buy the science textbooks that its science and engineering students read and use.
I pray that I may tell you more of Mukund R. Patel’s textbook, if I buy it this Friday for my own birthday.
Renewable energy integrates old and new science. Solar requires us to look back to thermodynamics, such as the Carnot heat engine, as well as Maxwell’s Equations, which correct Ampere’s Law and discuss Gauss’ Laws.
Chen reminds us of the enduring damage that an exploded nuclear power plant marks on land (Chernobyl). He also shares the higher trigonometry that factors in the azimuth, zenith and other positional aspects of our sun. He considers the implications of where solar panels face, such as when mounted on a home’s roof.
The math he unfolds is exponentially more difficult than all we need for a standard college physics textbook, such as of either Paul Tipler or Douglas Giancoli, where we rather enjoy calculating simple products; point mass times rigid body’s acceleration being mechanical force in Newtons, for example.
That math governing renewable energy is difficult and elusive to my average mind. I tutor in an after-school program, hoping that I fish for students with cognitive gifts more than my own, so that they for themselves may master the sequences of equations which account for electrons’ junction current and other quantifiable properties.
Ramuel M. Raagas