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Energy Use - Chapter Summary
In these lessons on energy use, you'll learn about radioactive waste and energy conservation. You'll also review the risks of radioactive waste. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:
- List the pros and cons of using fossil fuels
- Provide examples of nuclear energy
- Discuss safety concerns surrounding nuclear power plants
- Recall sources of alternative energy
- Differentiate between energy conservation and energy efficiency
Through these engaging video lessons, our expert instructors help you quickly grasp concepts related to energy use. A brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your understanding. There is also a full written transcript available just in case you prefer text-based learning.
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. 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.
3. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns
Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.
4. What is Alternative Energy? - Definition & Sources
What is alternative energy? Alternative to what and why are people looking for alternatives anyway? Learn the answers to those questions in this lesson.
5. 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.
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