APES UNIT IV

R&B Unit 4: The Search For Energy - 11 Classes

Unit Goal: Unit 4 concentrates on our energy needs and resources including fossil fuels, use of nuclear energy and various forms of renewable energy

Chapter 10: Fossil Fuels

A. Content


  1. Review of Chemistry
  2. Bonding
  3. Organic/Inorganic Compounds
  4. Matter Quality
  5. Forms of Energy
  6. Conservation of Matter and Energy
  7. Nuclear Changes
  8. Radioactive Decay: Fission and Fusion
  9. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics

B. Activities

  1. Lab: Biodiversity in Leaf Litter

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 3; outline chapter/take notes
  2. Brooks/Cole Online Quiz for Chapter 3
  3. HW#3 - 4 problems;

Chapter 11: Nuclear Energy

A. Content

  1. Fission/Fusion
  2. Atomic Mass/Atomic Number
  3. Isotopes
  4. Radioisotopes
  5. Radiation
  6. Radioactive decay
  7. Half-Life
  8. Enrichment
  9. Nuclear Reactor
  10. Fuel Rods/Fuel Assemblies
  11. Reactor Core
  12. Steam Generator/Turbine/Control Rods
  13. Reactor Vessel/Containment Building
  14. Breeder Nuclear Fission
  15. Spent Fuel
  16. Three Mile Island - 1979
  17. Chernobyl - 1986
  18. Radioactive Fallout
  19. Radioactive Waste (low-level, high-level)
  20. Yucca Mountain (Nuclear Waste Policy Act)
  21. Vitrification/Decommission

B. Activities

C. Assignments
  1. Read Chapter 11;
  2. Online Quiz
  3. HW#11a,11b,11c,11d;

Chapter 12: Renewable Energy and Conservation

A. Content

  1. Renewable Energy Sources
  2. Solar Energy
  3. Wind Farms
  4. Active/Passive Solar Heating
  5. Photovoltaic (PV) Cells
  6. Infrared Radiation
  7. Solar Thermal Electric Generation
  8. Solar-Generated Hydrogen
  9. Fuel Cells
  10. Biomass
  11. Hydropower
  12. Biogas
  13. Methanol/Ethanol
  14. Ocean Waves
  15. Tidal Energy/Geothermal Energy
  16. Energy Conservation
  17. Energy Efficiency
  18. NAECA
  19. Cogeneration

B. Activities

C. Assignments

  1. Read Chapter 12;
  2. Online Quiz
  3. HW#12a,12b,12c,12d;
Assessment: Ch. 10, 11 and 12 – Energy Resources