Know Watt's Cooking

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126: M 3:00-5:30pm
Spring 2018

This course will teach the physics behind many cooking techniques including heat transfer, phase change, specific heat capacity and electromagnetism.  Students will be involved in experimenting with different food preparation methods and will compare energy consumption.  Both traditional cooking methods (range, microwave oven) and more sustainable methods (sun oven, solar dehydration) will be studied.  Energy and water consumption in various forms of food production as well as cooking methods of various cultures will also be studied.

Check out my Podcast for Know Watts Cooking here:

Know Watts Cooking Podcast


Carla Ramsdell is a lecturer in the physics and astronomy department at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  She received a BS in Physics from Stetson University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Florida.  She holds a professional engineer license in the state of Florida. She worked as a thermodynamic engineer for Siemens-Westinghouse power generation in Orlando, FL from 1991 to 2003.  From 2004 to 2008, Carla worked for a small sustainable-focused HVAC engineering company, Building Performance Engineering in Boone, NC. She has been teaching in the physics and astronomy department at Appalachian State University since 2008.  In addition to general education general physics courses, Carla has developed and taught several other courses including "The Physical Science of Energy and Sustainability", a pre-engineering course called "The Inspired Engineer" and "Know Watts Cooking  - The Physics of Energy Efficient Cooking". Carla is also involved in STEM outreach in the K-12 classroom with a goal to inspire future scientists and engineers.  Additionally, she does several "Know Watts Cooking" adult public education outreach events annually to promote a conversation among community members regarding our responsible use of energy in the kitchen.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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