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Course Description:
Biofuels was developed by Ross Spackman, Ph.D. for Agrowknowledge and is an introductory college level course. This course "focuses on combustion fuels made from nonpetroleum sources and introduces the sources, processing, and social impacts of biofuel utilization." The materials included are intended to provide instructors with content to teach a 3-credit course. At the end of the course, "students will be able to describe: how petroleum and bio-based fuels affect the global carbon cycle, the attributes of biofuels that make them suitable as a fuel for a specific application, limitations of biofuels, global impacts of biofuels on food and energy supplies, and technological advances and challenges to be overcome for a wide-scale biofuel adoption." 

Course Contents:
The 23-page Introduction to Biofuels PDF document includes a course introduction, a course syllabus, the first two unit topics, PowerPoint slides, a laboratory activity, and a quiz. The syllabus includes a course description, required textbooks and supplies, course objectives, policies and procedures, a topical outline for the course, and more. 

Course materials are divided into eight units and each unit includes the following: an introduction to the unit with unit objectives, worksheets to engage students, lab activities, quizzes, and three exams. 

For orientation purposes, viewers should begin with the 'AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Intro & Topic1' PDF document, which offers a course description, an overview of topics covered through a course outline, and the first unit of study. 

Below is a list of the files contained within the .zip attachment. The size of each file is included in parenthesis.

Biofuels (133 files, 116.3 MB)

  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Intro & Topic 1
    • Introduction to Biofuels and Topic 1: Carbon in Our Environment (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Intro & Topic1.pdf 1.2 MB)
    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Topic 1: Carbon in our Environment (Lecture 1 Carbon in our Environment.ppt 4.3 MB)
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  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 2
    • Topic 2: Introduction to Biofuels (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 2.pdf 563 KB)
    • LABS
      • Laboratory Exercise 1: Carbon Footprint (LAB 1 Carbon Footprint .pdf 12 KB)
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    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Lesson 2. Introduction to Biofuels (Lecture 2 Introduction to Biofuels.ppt 1.7 MB)
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  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 3
    • Topic 3: Combustion Engines (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 3.pdf 1.9 MB)
    • LABS
      • Laboratory Exercise 2: Combustion Engines (LAB 2 Combustion Engines .pdf 8 KB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 60 KB)
    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Lesson 3. Combustion Engines  Part 1. Parts and Function (Lecture 3 Combustion Engines - Part 1 Parts and Function.ppt 6.7 MB)
      • Lesson 3. Combustion Engines  Part 2 Turbines and Fuel Ratings (Lecture 3 Combustion Engines - Part 2 Turbines and Fuel Ratings.ppt 1.8 MB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 78 KB)
    • QUIZZES
      • Quiz 1 Carbon and Introduction to Biofuels (QUIZ 1 Carbon and Introduction to Biofuels.pdf 10 KB)
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    • Worksheets
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      • Worksheet 1 Chemistry of Petroleum (Worksheet 1 Chemistry of Petroleum.pdf 47 KB)
  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 4
    • Topic 4: Alcohol Fuels (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 4.pdf 1.6 MB) 
    • LABS
      • Laboratory Exercise 3: Energy Value of Fuels (LAB 3 Energy Value of Fuels.pdf 136 KB)
      • Laboratory Exercise 4: Yeast Respiration Using Programmable Calculators (LAB 4 Yeast Respiration.pdf 25 KB)
      • Laboratory Exercise 5: Enzymes and Fermentation (LAB 5 Enzymes and Fermentation.pdf 15 KB)
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    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Lesson 4. Alcohol Fuels  Part 1. Attributes and History (Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels part 1 Attributes and History.ppt 1.4 MB)
      • Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels - Part 2 Characteristics (Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels Part 2 Characteristics.ppt 4.9 MB)
      • Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels - Part 3 Ethanol Production (Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels Part 3 Production.ppt 4.9 MB)
      • Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels - Part 4 Cellulosic Ethanol and Methanol Production (Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels Part 4 Cellulose and Methanol.ppt 6.6 MB)
      • Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels Part 5 Butanol (Lecture 4 Alcohol Fuels Part 5 Butanol.ppt 980 KB)
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    • QUIZZES
      • Quiz 3 Alcohol Fuel Attributes and Characteristics (QUIZ 3 Alcohol Fuel Attributes and Characteristics.pdf 40 KB)
      • Quiz 4 Production and Cellulose (QUIZ 4 Production and Cellulose.pdf 40 KB)
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    • Worksheets
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      • Worksheet 2: Ethanol Ethics Report and Discussion (Worksheet 2 Ethanol Ethics Reports.pdf 8 KB)
  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 5
    • Topic 5: Biodiesel (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 5.pdf 1.9 MB)
    • EXAMS
      • Exam 1 Introduction, Carbon, Engines, and Alcohol (Exam 1 Introduction Carbon Engines and Alcohol.pdf 118 KB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 17 KB)
    • LABS
      • Laboratory Exercise 6 Proof and Distillation (LAB 6 Proof and Distillation.pdf 11 KB)
      • Laboratory Exercise 7 Making Biodiesel in the Lab with New Oil (LAB 7 Making Biodiesel in the Lab New Oil.pdf 11 KB)
      • Laboratory Exercise 8 Making Biodiesel with Alternative Recipes (LAB 8 Making Biodiesel Alternative Recipes.pdf 18 KB)
      • Laboratory Exercise 9 Building an Oilseed Press (LAB 9 Building an Oilseed Press.pdf 26 KB)
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    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Topic 5. Biodiesel  Part 1. Petrodiesel (Lecture 5 Biodiesel Part 1 Petrodiesel.ppt 3.8 MB)
      • Lesson 5. Biodiesel  Part 2. Terms and Properties (Lecture 5 Biodiesel Part 2 Terminology and Properties.ppt 5.9 MB)
      • Lesson 5. Biodiesel  Part 3. Making Biodiesel (Lecture 5 Biodiesel Part 3 Making Biodiesel.ppt 14.8 MB)
      • Lesson 5. Biodiesel  Part 4. Oil Sources (Lecture 5 Biodiesel Part 4 Oil Sources.ppt 13.4 MB)
      • Lesson 5. Biodiesel  Part 5. Straight Vegetable Oil (Lecture 5 Biodiesel Part 5 Straight Vegetable Oil.ppt 1.7 MB)
      • Lesson 5. Biodiesel  Part 6. Co-uses for Oilseed (Lecture 5 Biodiesel Part 6 Co-uses for Oilseed.ppt 5.7 MB)
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    • QUIZZES
      • Quiz 5 Biodiesel Petrodiesel and Terms (QUIZ 5 Petrodiesel and Terms.pdf 9 KB)
      • Quiz 6 Biodiesel Making Biodiesel and SVO (QUIZ 6 Making biodiesel and SVO.pdf 10 KB)
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    • Worksheets
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      • Worksheet 3 Food and Fuel (Worksheet 3 Food and Fuel docx.pdf 13 KB)
      • Worksheet 4 Biodiesel and Ethanol Comparisons (Worksheet 4 Biodiesel and Ethanol Comparisons.pdf 16 KB)
  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 6
    • Topic 6 Gasification (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 6.pdf 796 KB)
    • EXAMS
      • Exam 2 Biodiesel (Exam 2 Biodiesel.pdf 386 KB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 17 KB)
    • LABS
      • Laboratory Exercise 10 Biomass Measurement (LAB 10 Biomass Measurement.pdf 97 KB)
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    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Lesson 6. Gasification  Part 1. Biomass (Lecture 6 Gasification Part 1 Biomass.ppt 5.9 MB)
      • Lesson 6. Gasification  Part 2. Producer Gas (Lecture 6 Gasification Part 2 Producer Gas.ppt 1.1 MB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 78 KB)
    • QUIZZES
      • Quiz 7 Gasification (QUIZ 7 Gasification.pdf 9 KB)
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    • Worksheets
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      • Worksheet 4 Biodiesel and Ethanol Comparisons (Worksheet 4 Biodiesel and Ethanol Comparisons.pdf 16 KB)
  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 7
    • Topic 7: Biogas (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 7.pdf 1.3 MB)
    • LABS
      • Laboratory Exercise 11 Biogas (LAB 11 Biogas.pdf 115 KB)
      • Laboratory Exercise 12 Livestock Waste Management (LAB 12 Livestock Waste Management.pdf 12 KB)
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    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Lesson 7. Biogas  Part 1. Biology (Lecture 7 Biogas Part 1 Biology.ppt 3 MB)
      • Lesson 7. Biogas  Part 2. Feed Selection (Lecture 7 Biogas Part 2 Feed Selection.ppt 3.9 MB)
      • Lesson 7. Biogas  Part 3. Fuel Value and Properties (Lecture 7 Biogas Part 3 Fuel Value and Properties.ppt 3.8 MB)
      • Lesson 7. Biogas  Part 4. Uses (Lecture 7 Biogas Part 4 Uses.ppt 2.9 MB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 78 KB)
    • QUIZZES
      • Quiz 8 Biogas (QUIZ 8 Biogas.pdf 9 KB)
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  • AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 8
    • Topic 8: Mariculture (AgrowKnowledge Biofuels Topic 8.pdf 681 KB)
    • EXAMS
      • Exam 3 Gasification, Biogas, Mariculture, Fuel Cells (Exam 3 Gasification Biogas Mariculture Fuel Cells.pdf 22 KB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 17 KB)
    • LABS
      • Laboratory Exercise 14 Poster Presentation (LAB 14 Poster Presentation.pdf 8 KB)
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    • Lectures PowerPoints
      • Lesson 8. Mariculture  Part 1. Algae Propagation (Lecture 8 Mariculture Part 1 Algae Propagation.ppt 2 MB)
      • Lesson 8. Algae to Biodiesel  Part 2. Fuel Conversion and Future Technology (Lecture 8 Mariculture Part 2 Fuel Conversion and Future Technology.ppt 2.4 MB)
      • Thumbnails (Thumbs.db 78 KB)
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    • Worksheets
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      • Worksheet 5 Biogas (Worksheet 5 Biogas.pdf 27 KB)
         
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