Ch 32: Fuel Choices

About This Chapter

Get a better understanding of the different fuels that power our world using the lessons in this chapter. These lessons and interactive quizzes help you review your knowledge of fossil fuels, biomass and renewable energy sources in advance of a big examination.

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.

6 Lessons in Chapter 32: Fuel Choices
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

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.

Comparing Types of Fossil Fuels & Biofuels

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.

Petrodiesel & Biodiesel: Properties & Comparisons

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.

What Is a Renewable Energy Source? - Definition & Example

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.

What is Biomass Energy?

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.

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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