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Ch 4: Energy Production

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Use our video lessons to review, and perhaps improve, your understanding of energy production. Examine the pros and cons of different types of energy while studying energy conservation and efficiency.

Energy Production - Chapter Summary

The availability of energy resources affects all of us on Earth. This chapter refreshes your memory of types of resources, reserves and forms of energy. You'll watch lessons that discuss how energy is produced and ways that it can be conserved. Additionally, our professional instructors go over several energy types -- including solar, wind and tidal -- and explain their advantages and disadvantages. By the time you finish studying the videos, you should be prepared to:

  • Distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources
  • Identify types of resources and reserves
  • Explain how fossil fuels develop
  • Define radiant energy
  • List pros and cons of wind, hydroelectric and tidal energies
  • Describe possible uses of solar power
  • Recognize geothermal energy's benefits and drawbacks
  • Differentiate between energy conservation and energy efficiency
  • List ways to conserve energy in homes

We simplify the learning process by making our video lessons both fun and convenient to fit in your schedule; in fact, most videos are less than 10 minutes long. Along with the videos, you can review the chapter material by reading the lesson transcripts. In many cases, these have links to other text lessons with more information about key terminology. The lessons also include self-assessment quizzes so you see how well you grasp energy production concepts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: Energy Production
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

1. 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.

Resources and Reserves: Definitions & Examples

2. 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.

What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

3. 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 Radiant Energy? - Definition & Examples

4. 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.

Wind as a Renewable Energy Resource: Advantages & Disadvantages

5. 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.

Hydroelectric Energy: Definition, Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

6. 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.

Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

7. Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

The tides move a massive amount of water, and the energy from this moving water, known as tidal energy, can be captured and converted into electricity. Learn how tidal energy works and the advantages and disadvantages of this energy source.

What is Solar Power? - Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

8. What is Solar Power? - Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

The sun provides us with a constant energy source. In this video lesson, you'll learn how we can harness solar power from the sun. We'll also take a look at the pros and cons of this renewable energy resource.

Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

9. Geothermal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

Geothermal energy is heat energy that is stored within the earth. Learn the methods being used to tap into this thermal energy to heat buildings and generate electricity as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this renewable energy source.

Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

10. Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences

Saving energy is an important topic, but energy conservation and energy efficiency are not the same thing. Learn what the difference is and some examples of both energy conservation and energy efficiency.

Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient

11. Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient

Are you wondering how to make your home more energy efficient? Follow these measures to conserve energy, prevent energy loss, and make your home more comfortable, all while saving money.

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