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Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy Sources

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Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy Sources

Earth & Space Science

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You will learn what chemistry and science are all about. Then learn about the various ways that chemistry affects the environment, specifically fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels.
  • List various types of renewable energy sources.
  • Compare fossil fuels with alternative renewable energy sources.

Everything You'll Have Covered

1. Where does most of the world's energy come from?

~ Most of the world's energy comes from fossil fuels, such as coal, lignite, oil, natural gas, and derivatives.

2. How long does it take for fossil fuels to form?

~ It takes millions of years for fossil fuels to form.

3. How do fossil fuels harm the environment?

~ Burning fossil fuels releases dangerous pollutants, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, into the environment.

4. What are some forms of renewable energy?

~ Some common forms of renewable energy are water, sunlight, wind, and geothermal energy.

5. What is the main problem with renewable energy sources?

~ The main problem with renewable energy sources is that energy obtained from these sources is more expensive to use than the energy obtained from fossil fuels.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have an intellectual grasp on the following terms: fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary fossil fuels, renewable energy sources,