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Michigan Merit Exam: Types of Energy - Chapter Summary
Explore the many types of energy that can be exploited and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each with respect to the earth, the environment, and human society. This chapter covers the following topics:
- Introduction to energy
- Solar radiation
- Radioactive materials
- Renewable and non-renewable resources
- Fossil fuels
- Chemical energy
- Radiant energy
- Thermal energy
- Wind power
- Nuclear energy
- Hydroelectric energy
- Tidal energy
- Heat transfer
The video lessons can be viewed as many times as you like to prepare for the test. You can increase your lesson comprehension by reading the written lesson transcripts, and if necessary, you can find a specific topic to review on any video with the interactive timeline feature. Our lesson quizzes and practice exams are there to help make sure you are retaining the information you need for the real test.
Michigan Merit Exam: Types of Energy - Chapter Objectives
This chapter relates directly to the M-Step science test, which is one of a series of tests given in the spring of each year to 11th-grade students in Michigan under the umbrella of the Michigan Merit Exam. The computer-based M-Step science session does not have a time limit but is expected to take around 50 minutes to complete.
1. What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature
This lesson describes the nature of energy and how it is transferred from one source into another. Additionally, it will describe the significance of energy in natural systems.
2. What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects
The sun plays an important role to us on Earth. It provides many things such as light and warmth. But, what is solar radiation and how does it affect us? In this video lesson, you'll learn about solar radiation, how it allows us to survive, and the influence it has on our global climate.
3. What Are Radioactive Materials? - Definition, Examples, Uses & Benefits
Radioactive materials are all around us. Some are beneficial, while others may cause us harm. In this lesson you'll learn what radioactive materials are and explore where they come from and how they can be useful to us.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. What is Chemical Energy? - Definition & Examples
This lesson describes chemical energy as a type of potential energy stored in chemicals, such as sugar and gasoline. The lesson discusses how energy is transferred from solar energy to chemical energy by plants and how gasoline is a source of chemical energy used to move cars.
7. 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.
8. What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples
This lesson defines and identifies examples of thermal energy everywhere from your kitchen to the Earth's core. We'll discuss geothermal energy, a renewable energy source, as well.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation
There are three main ways that heat is transferred between substances or objects. In this video lesson you'll learn about each one, and identify the differences between them.
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