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Ch 4: 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.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: CSET: Energy Resources
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

2. Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns

Shale gas is a type of natural gas that is found trapped within sedimentary rock. It is extracted using a procedure called hydraulic fracturing. In this lesson, you will learn about hydraulic fracturing and the environmental concerns raised by use of this extraction technique.

Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use

3. 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.

Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal

4. Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal

Coal is an abundant fuel source, but burning coal is problematic for the environment. In this lesson, you will learn about clean coal technologies, such as coal washing, flue gas desulfurization systems, low-NOx burners, gasification, and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

Hydropower: Pros and Cons

5. Hydropower: Pros and Cons

Hydropower is power generated from moving water. Learn how this energy from water can be harnessed by hydropower plants to generate electricity as well as the pros and cons of this renewable energy source.

Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

6. Wind Energy: Pros and Cons

Wind energy is a renewable form of energy that involves harnessing the natural energy of the wind. Learn how wind is used to generate electricity and the pros and cons of this energy source.

What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation

7. What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation

How do devices take advantage of the sun's abundant energy? Learn about photovoltaic solar cells and solar thermal electric generation and how these technologies can be used to convert solar energy into heat and electricity.

What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

8. 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.

What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

9. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.

Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons

10. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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