UNIT 6 ENERGY

6.1 Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources

  • 6.1a Describe identifying the differences between nonrenewable and renewable energy sources.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 12, Module 34; Chapter 13, Module 40

6.2 Global Energy Consumption

  • 6.2a Describe the trends in energy consumption between developed and developing countries and how fossil fuels are the most widely used source of energy globally.
  • 6.2b Describe increased reliance developing countries have on fossil fuels as they become more developed. Describe the factors that influence which energy sources people use.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 12, Modules 34 and 35; Chapter 13, Module 37

6.3 Fuel Types and Uses

  • 6.3a Identify and describe the different types of fuels such as wood, charcoal, peat, and the three different types of coals such as lignite, bituminous, and anthracite.
  • 6.3b Describe how crude oil can be recovered from tar sands, the cleanest fuel, and cogeneration. Explain how fossil fuels are made into specific fuel types.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 12, Modules 35 and 35

6.4 Distribution of Natural Energy Resources

  • 6.4a Describe the global patterns of distribution of natural energy sources, as well as the geologic conditions under which these sources form.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 12, Modules 35 and 36

6.5 Fossil Fuels

  • 6.5a Explain the process of combustion of fossil fuels and describe how burning them allows for the production of electricity.
  • 6.5b Explain the variety of methods humans use to extract fossil fuels from the earth for the generation of energy and electricity.
  • 6.5c Explain the process of hydrologic fracturing in more detail and describe the effects of this process on the air, land, and water resources.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 12, Modules 35 and 36

6.6 Nuclear Power

  • 6.6a Describe the steps of how nuclear energy generates electricity and other outputs of nuclear power generation.
  • 6.6b Describe the environmental issues caused by radioactive isotopes and the disposal of nuclear waste left over from the generation of nuclear energy.
  • 6.6c Describe the half-life of radioactive elements. Case studies of past nuclear accidents will be discussed and analyzed.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 12, Module 36

6.7 Energy from Biomass

  • 6.7a Describe the use of biomass in developing countries and the environmental costs associated with their use.
  • 6.7b Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of using biofuels as a substitute for gasoline.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 13, Module 38

6.8 Solar Energy

  • 6.8a Identify three types of solar energy transformations and explain how each can best be utilized to meet global energy needs.
  • 6.8b Investigate trends in data for solar energy in order to draw conclusions.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 13, Module 39

6.9 Hydroelectric Power

  • 6.9a Explain how moving water can be utilized to produce electricity in reservoirs, rivers, and the ocean.
  • 6.9b Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of using hydroelectricity from an economic and environmental angle.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 9, Module 27; Chapter 13, Module 38

6.10 Geothermal Energy

  • 6.10a Explain how electricity is generated from geothermal energy and the environmental consequences of its use.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 13, Module 39

6.11 Hydrogen Fuel Cell

  • 6.11a Explain how a hydrogen fuel cell functions to produce electricity from hydrogen and oxygen.
  • 6.11b Describe the viability of hydrogen as a fuel source based on its environmental and economic impacts.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 13, Module 39

6.12 Wind Energy

  • 6.12a Describe the energy conversions in producing electricity from wind and describe the consequences of utilizing wind energy.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 13, Module 39

6.13 Energy Conservation

  • 6.13a Describe methods for conserving energy on an individual scale and from a larger policy perspective.
  • 6.13b Describe accurately performing calculations to find rates of energy use and conservation.
  • Textbook correlation Chapter 12, Module 34; Chapter 13, Modules 37 and 40