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ERIC Number: EJ1039172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Heat Mining or Replenishable Geothermal Energy? A Project for Advanced-Level Physics Students
Dugdale, Pam
School Science Review, v96 n354 p114-117 Sep 2014
There is growing interest in the use of low enthalpy geothermal (LEG) energy schemes, whereby heated water is extracted from sandstone aquifers for civic heating projects. While prevalent in countries with volcanic activity, a recently proposed scheme for Manchester offered the perfect opportunity to engage students in the viability of this form of energy capture. This article details how second-year advanced-level physics students (A2, age 17-18) were given the freedom to design their own experiments and analyses of the proposed LEG scheme. The project provided opportunities for the students to improve their understanding of thermal physics and the "How science works" sections of the A2 syllabus, while building their teamworking skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom