WIND 1110
Analytical Methods in Wind Energy Lab

Western Texas College

  1. Course Information
    1. Course Description:  WIND 1110 is a lab course that enriches the lecture content of WIND 1310. This laboratory class gives students the opportunity to implement specific math skills learned in WIND 1310 into practical application in wind energy using Matlab. This class allows students to model abstract concepts and interpret wind data for wind site assessment and wind flow modeling.
    2. Prerequisites:  No class prerequisites exist, but you must be co-enrolled in WIND 1310. The class is reading, writing, and math intensive.
    3. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence: Students must receive a letter grade of a C to be able to enroll in WIND 1311 and WIND 2300.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will gain experience utilizing basic functions of Matlab.
    2. Students will demonstrate abilities to execute commands, matrices, elementary operations, and special characters in Matlab to solve wind energy related problems.
    3. Students will gain knowledge in handling traditional databases and additional databases to sort, average, and perform data distribution charts of wind data for site assessment.
    4. Students will be able to execute numerical integrations, differential equations, and Fourier transform and Fourier series for Fourier analysis and filtering.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. The Final exam must be proctored by your professor or an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
      2. Students are allowed to use their book and notes while taking their quizzes, Mid-term and Final exam.
      3. All quizzes, Mid-terms and Final exams are timed.
  4. Course Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. There will be a mid-term exam.
      2. There will be a comprehensive final exam.
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book: 
    2. Dr. Stormy Attaway, Matlab: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Elsevier Science, Published 2013, Third Edition.
    3. Students will need a labtop capable of running Matlab.
  6. Grading Breakdown:
    1. Campus /Online









  7. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity - Students will come to class prepared to participate in the learning process and that part of this preparation will include the demonstration of mature and purposeful behavior. The College Code of Conduct and College Academic Integrity Policies will be followed with no exceptions.
    6. Students with disabilities - As perOP 34.22, any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements.  Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours.  Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. 
  8. Course Content

Unit 1

Getting into Matlab
The Matlab Desktop Environment
Variable and Assignment Statements
Numerical Expressions
Characters and Encoding
Relational Expressions
Vectors and Matrices
Vectors and Matrices as Function Arguments

Unit 2

The If Statement
The If-else statement
Nested If-else Statements
The switch statement
The menu function
The “is” Function in Matlab
The for Loop
Nested for Loops
While Loops
Loops with Vectors and Matrices: Vectorizing

Unit 3

----- Calculating Annual Wind Speeds
Plotting Functions
----- Plotting monthly average wind speeds, wind shear, and wind direction
3D Plots
Customizing Plots
----- Plotting graphic of Fourier Transform
Statistical Function
Set Operations
----- Sorting Wind Speed Data
Indexing Vector

Unit 4

Fitting Curves to Data
Complex Numbers
Symbolic Mathematics
Calculus: Integration and Differentiation
----- Taylor series expansion
----- Fourier Transform
----- Signal processing (time series and frequency)



Last Modified: August 25, 2017