Energy & Power
What is Energy?
What is Energy?
How is energy defined in physics?
How can one form of energy turn into another?
Units of Measure
How is energy measured?
What are the units for measuring energy?
Energy, Power, & Work
What is power in physics?
How are energy, power, and work different from each other?
What is thermodynamics, and what does it study?
What are the Laws of Thermodynamics?
Types of Energy
What is kinetic energy?
What factors affect kinetic energy?
What is potential energy?
How is potential energy related to kinetic energy?
What is heat or thermal energy?
What is the difference between temperature and heat?
What is chemical potential energy?
What is Enthalpy?
What are sound waves, and how do they make sound?
How can sound energy move things?
Sources of Energy
What are fossil fuels?
What are some concerns about using fossil fuels as energy sources?
What is coal?
How is coal used for energy?
What is crude oil?
How is crude oil refined into different types of oil?
How is natural gas formed?
How is natural gas used as an energy source?
How is wind a source of energy?
What are the benefits and concerns of using wind power?
What is hydropower?
How can water be used to produce electricity?
What is geothermal energy?
How is geothermal energy a renewable energy?
What is biomass?
How can biomass be a source of energy?
What is nuclear energy?
What are the benefits and concerns of using nuclear energy?
How is the sun the main source of energy?
How can the sun be directly used as an energy source?
History of Energy Use
How did early human harness the power of fire?
How did using fire change early human life?
When were the first windmills created?
How do windmills create energy?
Early Coal Mining
How was coal mined during the Industrial Revolution?
What were the working conditions like for early coal miners?
The Steam Engine
How did the invention of the steam engine change the world?
How did the early steam engines work?
Electricity in Homes
When was electricity introduced into people's homes?
How did this change US society?
The Oil Industry
When was oil first used as an energy source?
How has oil become such a valuable global resource?
What is Electricity?
What is electricity on a molecular level?
What is an electric circuit?
How do energy sources become electricity?
What is the main source of electricity in the US?
The Electrical Grid
What is the electric grid?
How does this grid help power our homes?
Electric Power Transmission
How is electricity transmitted across power lines?
How do electricity substations prepare electricity for use?
The Light Bulb
How do light bulbs produce light?
What role does electricity play?
What are electric motors?
How can electricity make things rotate?
What are biofuels?
How is biomass converted into biofuels?
How is petroleum made into different products?
What are some petroleum based products we use everyday?
What are electric cars, and how do they work?
What are some current positives and negatives of electric vehicles?
What are solar panels made of?
How do they harness solar power?
Energy and Our Environment
What is global warming, and what are its effects?
How have humans contributed to this warming?
What are greenhouse gases?
How do greenhouse gases affect global temperature?
Energy Use and Climate Change
How does energy consumption cause climate change?
How can nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
What is fracking, and how does it work?
How does fracking impact the environment?
The Future of Energy
What are some ways we can save energy everyday?
Why is conserving energy important?
What is sustainable energy?
Why is it important to invest in sustainable energy?
What is renewable energy, and what are the benefits to its use?
What are some renewable energy sources?
Carbon Capture and Storage
How can carbon emissions be captured?
How can this technology benefit the Earth?
What is sustainable development?
Why is it important?
What energy challenges are we facing right now?
Is it reasonable to think we will find a solution to our current energy crisis?