What is Petroleum? - Definition & Uses


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Petroleum is a liquid that contains hydrocarbon molecules. What is an example of a hydrocarbon?

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1. Petroleum can be used to make a wide variety of products. Which of the following contain petroleum?

2. Known to be naturally occurring, where is petroleum liquid and gas found in our environment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Petroleum is arguably the most important natural resource on Earth--at the very least it's the one that you hear about most often in the news. This quiz will test you on the properties and uses of petroleum. Some things you'll be tested on include chemical properties of petroleum and where it is found.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Examples of hydrocarbons
  • What petroleum is used for
  • Where petroleum is found
  • Refining petroleum
  • Types of alkanes

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you have accurately remembered some of the attached lesson's main points on the characteristics and uses of petroleum
  • Reading comprehension - check your understanding of the geological properties of petroleum, its economic importance and examples of its uses
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the topic to answer the assessment questions identifying properties, uses, and other related facts on petroleum

Additional Learning

More information on petroleum can be found in the corresponding lesson called What is Petroleum - Definition & Uses. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • What is petroleum?
  • The chemical properties of petroleum
  • Where petroleum is found
  • The uses for petroleum