MEE 101 Fall 2014: Homework (HW) & Project and Other Assignments: *
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Syllabus/Topics *Office Hours and Info;*L* Class/HW/Lab/Exam Policies/Rules * Let's get acquainted: First Things First!*[PDF]*Periodic_table*Energy Unit Conversion Calculator* Class schedule: MEE 101: MoWeFr 12-12:50 AM in EB 101. forKids The Energy Story Energy&Environment*(G-green-save)*Enerpedija(Osnove-Online)*Sustainable 
Final Exam: TBA  ||
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 USA_Energy * *

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(from Class/HW/Lab/Exam Policies/Rules ): Every electronic correspondence (email etc., sent to TA and copy to Instructor ) must have subject line with the course number and semester-year (without spacing) and a relevant heading in it (key words are fine, e.g., 101fa12 WH1 solution, for MEE101 Fall 2012 and related to Homework #1 solution). Your email must finish with your full name "signature," since many of you use an alias for your email address. Otherwise your email may be discarded with an "Auto-Reply: Sorry that your email could not be processed due to one or more of the following: (1) the class keyword is missing or improper (should be without spaces, etc) in the Subject line, and/or (2) no sender's name at the massage-end, and/or (3) no copy to TA, as per our class rules stated during the lectures and posted on the Web."
There may be verbal HW assignments given in class. Check with your classmates if you missed the class.
The User Name and Password, for copyrighted and other protected materials to be used for this class ONLY, are given in class. You may share it with your classmates ONLY.

You may submit your HomeWork (HW) via email (electronic PDF or similar file) or in person before the deadline, or if late or to redo it within a week after the solutions are posted for half of the credit (as explained in class). If you scan your HW, to minimize the file size, use 300 dpi Black-&-White scanner setting, unless you have a gray or color image to scan. * NOTE: Mandatory Reading assignments are yellow-highlighted. Tests/Quizzes are based on the mandatory reading assignments and class-lectures (so take class notes).
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Check HW Assignments and UPDATES here and on the BlackBoard
 Class Hours Fall 2014: MEE 101fa14: MoWeFr 12:00-12:50 PM in EB 101; Final Exam Mon. December 8, Noon-1:50 p.m.
Answer Forms:HW Answer Form and Quiz/Midterm/Final Exam; Multiple Choice
NOTE: Highlighted links are your reading assignments and other links are supplementary references for additional readings. USA_Energy
Final Exam Mon. December 8, Noon-1:50 p.m. (Check official NIU exam schedule)

In absence of Instructor the course Teaching Assistant (TA) will explain all relevant details.
The Blackboard access will be available by the 2nd week of classes to register your clickers.

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Homework No. 1:
Assigned in week of Mo, 08-25-2014 (Due as per rules if not specified otherwise):

(HW#1a due Fr 08-29-2014 but no later than We 09-03-14 with written excuse):

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  1. Print (a) our class Syllabus, (b) Class/HW/Lab/Exam Policies, and (c) Office Hours and Info posted on my Web site,, label & sign it (in the upper right corner, example, including your Z-ID and date), and bring it for our next class meeting. Read the syllabus and its relevant links very carefully, and clarify with me all your concerns and doubts during our next class meeting.
  2. Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics: Academic integrity, honesty and professional ethics are very important aspects of learning in colleges and universities and later in social and professional life. Go to Online Tutorial on Academic Integrity at and obtain the Certificate of Completion, and submit it as HW.
  3. Review Let's get acquainted: First Things First!*[PDF format is convenient for printing].
  4. Send an email to Teaching Assistant - TA (see Office Hours and Info) and a copy to me ( with the subject line (exactly but without quotes, you may cut-and-paste): " MEE 101fa14 Student E-mail Contact ," and a 80-120 word free-assay (type the exact number of words at the beginning of your assay) by introducing yourself and expressing your expectations and concerns about the subject after reviewing the syllabus (do not attach the assay as separate file but it must be within the email message - cut-and-paste if you use Word file for example). State how many words exactly is your free-assay at the beginning of it. This email has to be sent by the deadline (BUT after reading very carefully the syllabus and its relevant links-the first item above) so that we can get your email address (using your email account you like to get responses to it) to make up email group list for our class, and be able to send you future class information via email (most of info will be also posted on our HW web page - if you ever change your email account you have to report it to me). Additional information will be provided by TA regarding the Blackboard use.
    NOTE: If the exact format/rules for the email are not followed (no exception) a credit of 1 point will be issued instead of 5 points. You may also get an
    "Auto-Reply: Sorry that your email could not be processed due to one or more of the following: (1) the class keyword is missing or improper (should be without spaces, etc) in the Subject line, and/or (2) no sender's name at the massage-end, and/or (3) no copy to TA, as per our class rules stated during the lectures and posted on the Web."
(i) Introduction to Energy Concepts and Issues - Human-Environment Energy Balance
A Keynote Lecture: Energy and Environment: Fundamentals, Challenges and Potentials, The 7th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on ENERGY and ENVIRONMENT (EE'12), Kos Island, Greece, July 14-17, 2012.(*)
Energy_Everywhere_Explained (Handout)*Try to comprehend and make sense while you are reviewing presentation, as well as to remember the most important facts and concepts, since there may be a related quiz on the due date. Also: SEEppt and
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See also: The Energy Story; Energy&Environment

(HW#1b due We 09-03-14):

Also: Energy Is Everything - Literally: Fundamentals and Future Challenges (PDF Handout & Feedback),New Ideas in Science - Alternative Energy Conference, Northern Illinois University, March 16, 2009.(*)(PPT*U&*-*)

NOTE: TA Assignment at the beginning of every semester: Please print, read, and understand the following links:
     TA Work Description  and Important TA Role in Education Process, as well as relevant Course Syllabus, HW Assignments,
Office Hours and Info, etc., and show all those to me during our next meeting. Email to me your contact information, your class and any other schedules during the current semester, and your TA Office Hours. More information at: .
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Selected references and handouts are given below (additional handouts and references will be given during the lectures as needed):
Energy&Environment * Metric prefixes-conversion * Unit Conversions and Constants * Energy conversion factors and equivalents * Significant Digits  * Thermo Help online * Important Energy/Mass-System Concepts and the Essence of Thermodynamics * Molar-Mass * HyperPhysics * Main Thermo-Natural Laws * General Conservation Law: Revisiting the NET-IN-OUT * 2ndLaw-Clausius_Kelvin-Planck_Equivalent
Some Suggestions for Problem Solving * Lab Safety Rules * Project Instructions * Handouts Etc.
NOTE: If any font in a PDF file does not print properly, choose “Print as Image” option in the File>Print menu (also see open different file formats ). If the font prints properly it is better to print without this option. You may want to choose other options suitable for your printer. Check the printing and add/correct any misprint if needed (Check Textbook Web if Errata List is available).