About This Chapter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the CSET Science: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- About the CSET Science Test
- CSET: Astronomy
- CSET: Geodynamics
- CSET: Rock, Mineral, Soil & Water Resources
- CSET: Waves
- CSET: Forces and Motion
- CSET: Electricity and Magnetism
- CSET Science and Society: Science, Technology and Society
- CSET Nature of Science: Science Ethics
- CSET Science and Society: Safety
- CSET Nature of Science: Historical Perspectives
- CSET Investigation & Experimentation: Drawing Conclusions
- CSET Science Flashcards