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Below is a sample breakdown of the Energy Concepts chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| History of energy consumption|
Global energy uses and needs
Energy in nature
|Sources of energy through the years, global energy use|
Trends in global energy use and what will be required in the future
The origin of energy, joules, mechanical energy, thermal energy
|Tuesday|| First law of thermodynamics|
Second law of thermodynamics
Resources and reserves
|Law of energy conservation, system, friction|
Law of entropy, heat
Relationship between resources and reserves, types of reserves, identified and undiscovered resources
|Wednesday||Renewable and non-renewable resources|
| Types of renewable and non-renewable resources, geothermal energy, biofuels|
Chemical energy, chemical bonds, energy transformation
Radiant energy, solar energy, electromagnetic waves
|Thursday|| Thermal energy|
|Definition and examples of thermal energy |
Pros and cons of wind energy, wind turbines, wind farms
Energy measurement units
| Uses of hydroelectric energy, pros and cons of its use|
Units used to measure energy and how to convert between them
1. Energy Consumption History: Global Trends & Implications
Simply put, our world depends on energy. But the way we use energy changes through time. In this lesson, you'll learn about world energy consumption, who keeps track of it, and what implications that information has for our global energy future.
2. Present & Future Global Energy Uses & Needs
Our world is powered by a variety of energy sources. What we use now may influence what we can utilize in the future. We'll have some tough decisions to make, all of which will have impacts on society, the environment and global and local economies.
3. What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature
This lesson describes the nature of energy and how it is transferred from one source into another. Additionally, it will describe the significance of energy in natural systems.
4. First Law of Thermodynamics: Law of Conservation of Energy
This video describes the first law of thermodynamics. Several examples of the application of this law are discussed. The significance of the law and its practical application are discussed as well.
5. Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Systems
In this lesson, we'll learn about the second law of thermodynamics. By studying this law, you'll understand how energy works and why we're all moving towards eventual chaos and disorder.
6. Resources and Reserves: Definitions & Examples
You might hear a lot about reserves and resources on Earth, but what exactly is the difference between the two? In this video lesson, you will learn about each, as well as how they represent different things that are quite related to each other.
7. 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.
8. What is Chemical Energy? - Definition & Examples
This lesson describes chemical energy as a type of potential energy stored in chemicals, such as sugar and gasoline. The lesson discusses how energy is transferred from solar energy to chemical energy by plants and how gasoline is a source of chemical energy used to move cars.
9. What is Radiant Energy? - Definition & Examples
This lesson defines and describes radiant energy in its different forms. The different types of electromagnetic waves created by radiant energy are identified and described as well. This includes X-rays, microwaves, and radio waves, to mention a few.
10. What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples
This lesson defines and identifies examples of thermal energy everywhere from your kitchen to the Earth's core. We'll discuss geothermal energy, a renewable energy source, as well.
11. Wind as a Renewable Energy Resource: Advantages & Disadvantages
Wind power is a renewable energy resource, but there are both pros and cons to this type of energy. In this video lesson, you will learn about wind power as well as some of the benefits and drawbacks of using it as a global energy source.
12. Hydroelectric Energy: Definition, Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages
In this video lesson you will understand how water can be used to generate electrical energy. You will also identify some benefits and drawbacks of using this type of renewable resource for energy production.
13. Energy Measurement Units & Unit Conversion
It's important to understand both how energy is measured and the different units used in those measurements. In this lesson, you'll learn about common energy measurement units, as well as see examples showing how to convert between them.
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