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Be Scientific

From local geology courses to discussions on space exploration.

Classes for Be Scientific - Spokane

FALL 2021

In Person

Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics and Applications
Class # 28402
Cost: $37
Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Dates: 11/3/21 - 12/8/21   
Instructor: Zbigniew Radzimski
Days: We

Notes: Spokane Community College Building #5 Room 148 1810 N Greene Street, Spokane, WA 99217

n recent years we have seen a significant increase in the development and use of renewable energies in both industrial and residential applications. The increase is accounted for by environmental concerns and economic considerations due to significant cost reduction. The focus of this course is on photovoltaic (PV) solar systems designed for residential applications; however, the industrial applications will be also discussed. Start with an overview of renewable energies used around the world and in the US. Discussions include the fundamentals of solar energy conversion and solar cell operation and introduce participants to the entire solar cell manufacturing process. Class will also cover PV applications. The class will calculate the size of a solar array for selected applications and will be guided through the selection of proper components. The economics of solar cell applications, especially in our Northwest region, will also be considered..


Plate Tectonics
Class # 28401
Cost: $17
Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Dates: 10/20/21 - 11/3/21   
Instructor: Andrew Buddington
Days: We

Notes: Online

Plate tectonics is considered the unifying theory of the Earth sciences. Although a relatively young theory having been introduced in the 1960s, a true revolution or paradigm shift in scientific thinking about the origins of the Earth and evolution resulted from plate tectonic theory. A combination of earlier theories such as continental drift and seafloor spreading, plate tectonics today integrates and explains an exceptionally wide range of Earth features and processes ultimately addressing the truly dynamic nature of planet Earth. Topics discussed in this class will include the history of plate tectonic theory, tectonic plates and rocks, tectonic processes and features, plate tectonic case studies, and supercontinent formation and breakup. Class will be held online via Zoom..

WINTER 2022 - no classes currently listed for this quarter