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How It Works:
- Identify the lessons in Glencoe Physical Science's Energy Sources chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the energy topics you need to learn or review.
- Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
- If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.
Students will learn:
- The benefits and drawbacks of fossil fuels
- The factors contributing to global warming
- Examples of nuclear energy
- The dangers of nuclear power plants
- The differences between renewable and non-renewable resources
- What solar energy is and how it's used
- The pros and cons of using biomass
- Wind energy's advantages and disadvantages
- The pros and cons of hydropower
- The benefits of and concerns about using geothermal energy
- Tidal energy's advantages and drawbacks
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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. Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, and Global Warming
In this video lesson, you'll learn what roles fossil fuels and greenhouse gases play in global warming, as well as what life on Earth can expect due to rising carbon dioxide levels within Earth's atmosphere.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons
Learn about solar energy and how charged particles from the sun travel to Earth to provide heat and light. Explore solar energy as a direct and indirect energy source and examine the pros and cons of harvesting solar energy for other uses.
7. Biomass for Renewable Energy: Pros and Cons
Biomass is organic material that can be used to generate heat, electricity, and even fuel. In this lesson, you will learn about the advantages of this abundant and renewable energy source as well as the disadvantages.
8. Wind Energy: Pros and Cons
Wind energy is a renewable form of energy that involves harnessing the natural energy of the wind. Learn how wind is used to generate electricity and the pros and cons of this energy source.
9. Hydropower: Pros and Cons
Hydropower is power generated from moving water. Learn how this energy from water can be harnessed by hydropower plants to generate electricity as well as the pros and cons of this renewable energy source.
10. 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.
11. 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.
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Other chapters within the Glencoe Physical Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 1: The Nature of Science
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 2: Motion
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 3: Forces
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 4: Energy
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 5: Work and Machines
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 6: Thermal Energy
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 7: Electricity
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 8: Magnetism and Its Uses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 10: Waves
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 11: Sound
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 12: Electromagnetic Waves
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 13: Light
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 14: Mirrors and Lenses
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 15: Classification of Matter
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 16: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 17: Properties of Atoms and the Periodic Table
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 18: Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 19: Elements and Their Properties
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 20: Chemical Bonds
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 21: Chemical Reactions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 22: Solutions
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 23: Acids, Bases, and Salts
- Glencoe Physical Science Chapter 24: Organic Compounds