About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Environmental Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of various renewable resources. There is no faster or easier way to learn about environmental science. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about wind energy and hydropower.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an environmental science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Renewable Resources unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Renewable Resources Unit Objectives:
- Define solar energy.
- Discuss the pros and cons of geothermal energy.
- Learn about biomass for renewable energy.
- Discover how to conserve energy in the home.
- Discuss active and passive solar heating.
1. 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.
2. What Are Solar Panels? - Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Solar Thermal Electric Generation
How do devices take advantage of the sun's abundant energy? Learn about photovoltaic solar cells and solar thermal electric generation and how these technologies can be used to convert solar energy into heat and electricity.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: Examples and Differences
Saving energy is an important topic, but energy conservation and energy efficiency are not the same thing. Learn what the difference is and some examples of both energy conservation and energy efficiency.
9. Conserving Energy at Home: How to Be More Energy Efficient
Are you wondering how to make your home more energy efficient? Follow these measures to conserve energy, prevent energy loss, and make your home more comfortable, all while saving money.
10. Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating
Solar energy is the energy we harness from the sun. We can use this energy to heat our homes. Learn about the design elements needed for passive solar heating and the equipment needed for active solar heating.
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Other chapters within the AP Environmental Science: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Environmental Science Introduction: Homeschool Curriculum
- Geologic Time Scale: Homeschool Curriculum
- Plate Tectonics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earthquakes: Homeschool Curriculum
- Volcanoes: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Atmosphere and the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Weather and Storms: Homeschool Curriculum
- Water Balance: Homeschool Curriculum
- Running Water: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ground Water: Homeschool Curriculum
- Glaciers: Homeschool Curriculum
- Oceans: Homeschool Curriculum
- Water Issues & Conservation: Homeschool Curriculum
- Minerals, Rocks & Soil: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Organism Interaction in the Ecosystem: Homeschool Curriculum
- Evolving Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Biological Science: Homeschool Curriculum
- Population and the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Food and Agricultural Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Forestry, Rangelands & Other Land Use: Homeschool Curriculum
- Mining & Fishing: Homeschool Curriculum
- Energy Concepts: Homeschool Curriculum
- Nonrenewable Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Solid and Hazardous Waste: Homeschool Curriculum
- Human Impact on the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Environmental Sustainability: Homeschool Curriculum
- Global Environmental Economics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Environmental Ethics & Politics: Homeschool Curriculum