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Ch 32: CSET: Energy Resources

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Let our instructors help you understand how the Earth's natural energy resources were formed and how they are extracted and utilized. Through video lessons and self-assessment quizzes, you'll acquire the basic information you need to succeed on this section of the CSET General Science exam.

CSET Science: Energy Resources

Use the lessons in this chapter to help you develop a thorough understanding of our planet's material and energy resources in preparation for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Science exam. You'll study resources such as rocks, air, soil, water and wildlife and learn to classify resources as renewable or non-renewable. The lessons look at the uses of various resources and at the methods and economics of making these materials usable. Topics covered in these lessons include:

  • Fossil fuels: definition, advantages and disadvantages
  • Shale gas: hydraulic fracturing and environmental concerns
  • Oil and natural gas reserves: availability, extraction and use
  • Environmental impact of coal mining and technologies used to make cleaner coal
  • Pros and cons of hydropower and of wind power
  • Solar energy and nuclear energy
  • Biomass for renewable energy: pros and cons

These lessons, conducted by experienced instructors, will give you the necessary background on various types of natural energy resources in order to answer questions correctly on the CSET Science exam. The lessons cover the sustainable use of many types of natural energy resources and explain these concepts in a fun way.

Objectives of the CSET Science: Energy Resources Chapter

Applicants for some types of California teacher credentials must take the appropriate CSET examinations. The questions on energy resources are part of the CSET's General Science: Subtest I, which contains 58 multiple-choice questions. Seven of those questions are about energy resources. Self-assessment tests are included at the end of each video lesson, giving you a chance to become familiar with the format of the CSET and check your mastery of the subject.

13 Lessons in Chapter 32: CSET: Energy Resources
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What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

1. What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Fossil fuels are sources of energy that have developed within the earth over millions of years. Because fossil fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - take so long to form, they are considered nonrenewable. Learn more about these fuels, including the pros and cons of using them.

What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

2. What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

Learn about solar energy and how charged particles from the sun travel to Earth to provide heat and light. Explore solar energy as a direct and indirect energy source and examine the pros and cons of harvesting solar energy for other uses.

Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

3. Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

Biomass is organic material that can be used to generate heat, electricity, and even fuel. In this lesson, you will learn about the advantages of this abundant and renewable energy source as well as the disadvantages.

Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

4. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

Oil and natural gas reserves are found underground and must be extracted using a drilling method. In this lesson you will learn about the many uses of oil and natural gas, the availability of these valuable resources and how they are extracted.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

5. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

Nuclear Fuels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

6. Nuclear Fuels: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Nuclear fuel is what is used in nuclear reactors to generate electricity. In this lesson, we will explore more on what nuclear fuel is, characteristics of it and investigate examples of different nuclear fuels.

Earth's Materials: Minerals, Rocks, Soil & Water

7. Earth's Materials: Minerals, Rocks, Soil & Water

Although the earth is a very complex system, there are only four main components of Earth that are the building blocks of life. These components are referred to as Earth's materials and include minerals, rocks, soil and water.

Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

8. Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use

In this lesson, you will learn about the different methods used to extract minerals from the ground and gain an understanding about how different types of mining affect the environment.

Environmental Aspects of Metal Extraction

9. Environmental Aspects of Metal Extraction

Whether you realize it or not, metal is an important part of your life. This lesson will examine the pros and cons of recycling metal vs. extracting it and then will look at the pros and cons of two types of metal extraction techniques.

Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application

10. Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application

Environmental sustainability allows for the needs of man to be met without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Learn applications of environmental sustainability, including sustainable agriculture, forestry and energy.

Human Behaviors that Threaten Environmental Sustainability

11. Human Behaviors that Threaten Environmental Sustainability

The environment has a remarkable ability to sustain itself. However, human behaviors disrupt the natural environment and threaten environmental sustainability. Learn how population growth, depletion of resources, and pollution threaten nature.

What are Natural Disasters? - Definition & Types

12. What are Natural Disasters? - Definition & Types

Watch this video to learn about the various kinds of natural disasters that can occur in the world. Each can be quite powerful and cause severe damage to the environment and the people who live there.

Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

13. Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

After watching this video, you will be able to explain the environmental reasons why humans settled where they did, both historically and more recently. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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