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Fuel Choices - Chapter Summary
Modern industry requires tremendous amounts of energy to function. Use these lessons to learn more about the major sources of energy available to us today. Fossil fuels, biofuels, petrodiesel and other forms of fuel will be described and the benefits of each compared. You will explore the differences between renewable and nonrenewable energy and learn about research being done into new fuel sources. Finish off with an explanation of hydroelectric power generation technology. When completed, the lessons in this chapter enable you to:
- Define fossil fuels
- Compare fossil fuels with biofuels
- Discuss the costs and benefits of different forms of renewable and nonrenewable fuel
- Explain how biomass energy is used
- Identify hydroelectric power generation and explain the benefits it provides
These lessons provide a short, easy-to-follow review of important topics. They can be accessed from a wide variety of devices for added convenience. If you need to review a confusing or interesting point, the Timeline feature of your account includes video tags and markers that let you jump to any point within the lesson.
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. Comparing Types of Fossil Fuels & Biofuels
In this lesson you will learn about different types of fossil fuels and biofuels. The two will be compared in terms of their energy content, renewability, and environmental impacts.
3. Petrodiesel & Biodiesel: Properties & Comparisons
In this lesson, you will learn about the fuels petrodiesel and biodiesel. The properties, differences, and similarities between the two will also be discussed.
4. What Is a Renewable Energy Source? - Definition & Example
Right now, you are using electricity to power your computer. Most of our power comes from nonrenewable sources that can run out. In this lesson, learn about the many types of renewable energy sources that will never run out and could be used instead.
5. What is Biomass Energy?
It's common these days to see and hear a lot about alternative energies in the media. The threat of global warming is becoming worse, so scientists are looking to other sources for our energy needs. This lesson answers your burning questions about biomass energy.
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.
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- Steps of the Scientific Method
- Designing Scientific Experiments
- Procedures of Scientific Investigation
- Lab & Science Safety
- Drawing Conclusions & Communicating Scientific Ideas
- Atoms & Atomic Structure
- Understanding Elements & Periodicity
- Block & Group Elements
- Metals in Chemistry
- Ionic Compounds
- Quantifying Atoms
- Materials From Molecules
- Carbon Lattices & Nanomaterials
- Properties of Organic Compounds
- Polymer Basics
- Elements in the Universe
- Alchemy, Chemistry & the Periodic Table
- Lanthanoids & Actinoids
- Using Light to Solve Chemical Puzzles
- Properties of Glass
- Crude Oil & the Environment
- Polymers, Composite Materials & Nanomaterials
- Properties of Water in Chemistry
- Acid-Base Reactions
- Redox Reactions
- Water Sample Analysis
- Measurement of Solubility & Concentration
- Analysis for Salts in Water
- Organic Compounds in Water
- Acids & Bases in Water
- Energy From Fuels
- Fuel Cells & Galvanic Cells
- Rate & Extent of Chemical Changes
- Production of Chemicals by Electrolysis
- Analyzing Organic Compounds
- Key Food Molecules
- Metabolism in the Human Body
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