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Ch 8: Overview of Energy Resources

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Use this comprehensive overview of energy resources to enhance your preparations for an upcoming test. Fun lessons, short quizzes and a practice exam are available to strengthen your knowledge of this subject.

Overview of Energy Resources - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors have developed entertaining video lessons you can use to enhance your understanding of various energy resources. Learn the basics of energy and study different energy types with help from this chapter. When finished, you should have the ability to:

  • Define energy and discuss its significance in nature
  • Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources
  • Share advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels
  • Provide definitions for chemical, radiant, thermal and nuclear energy
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of wind as a renewable energy resource
  • Discuss the uses of hydroelectric energy
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of tidal energy

View the lessons in this chapter as engaging videos that average about 8 minutes each, or review them as full transcripts that you can print or read online. If you have a busy schedule and want to skip to key topics within the lessons, take advantage of the clickable timelines located below the videos. Clarify any details you don't fully understand in the lessons by sending questions to our experts. Lesson quizzes and a chapter exam are available to assess your comprehension of energy resources.

10 Lessons in Chapter 8: Overview of Energy Resources
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What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

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.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

2. 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.

What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

3. 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.

What is Chemical Energy? - Definition & Examples

4. 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.

What is Radiant Energy? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

6. 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.

Wind as a Renewable Energy Resource: Advantages & Disadvantages

7. 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.

What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples

8. 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.

Hydroelectric Energy: Definition, Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

9. 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.

Tidal Energy: Advantages and Disadvantages

10. 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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