Week 7, 10/10-10/16:
 
 


Reading Assignment:  Chapter 6
 Chapter 6: Energy for the Future -  Nuclear Power and Other Possible Alternatives



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit (Chapter) Plan:
Contents 
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Activities 
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Abilities Acquired
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Contents (topics):

Nuclear Power-Uranium and Nuclear Fission: How Nuclear Radiation Works <http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear.htm>
Nuclear Fission: take some time to review the difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion <http://www.atomicarchive.com/Fission/Fission1.shtml>
Uranium and How It Is Used-The Nuclear Reactor: Types of Reactors <http://www.astro.soton.ac.uk/~ajb/fission.html>
United States Nuclear Waste Storage - Yucca Mountain: Bush defends decision to send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain
Chernobyl: The Chernobyl Accident <http://www.chernobyl.info/index.php?userhash=189920&navID=158&lID=2>
The Search for Uranium Deposits
Uranium Reserves and Resources and the Future of the Fission Reactor: Nuclear Reactors How They Work <http://reactor.engr.wisc.edu/power.html>
Alternative Energy Sources
Solar Energy
Hydroelectric, Wind, Wave, Ocean, and Tidal Energy
Geothermal Energy
Energy from Biological Materials and Waste Products
Nuclear Fusion-The Ultimate Energy Source: Fusion Basics <http://www.jet.efda.org/pages/fusion-basics.html>
The Future: The European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA)-Clear Energy for the Future <http://www.jet.efda.org/documents/brochures/energy.pdf>

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter six of your textbook
Review the Yucca Project by the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Managment <http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/ymp/about/index.shtml>
Click on this link <http://www.etsu.edu/writing/3120f99/zctb3/nuclear2.htm#NuclearWaste> to learn more about  Nuclear Waste: Storage and Disposal Methods
Learn about the The Nuclear Energy Agenc, vist this site <http://www.nea.fr/html/nea/flyeren.html>
Click here < http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/ymp/index.shtml> to read about the Yucca Mountain project
View some of  the YUCCA MOUNTAIN GEOPHYSICAL STUDIES <http://www.wr.usgs.gov/docs/gump/ymp/ymp.html>
Review the EPA's role in the Yucca Mountain and the Standards <http://www.epa.gov/radiation/yucca/about.htm>
Read recent news on the Yucca Mtn. Project <http://www.shundahai.org/yucca_mt.html> Victory in Yucca Mountain Lawsuit <http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1745>
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Briefly describe spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
2.- Summarize the nuclear fuel cycle.
3.- Briefly describe the development of the first commercial nuclear reactors.
4.- Discuss the causes and effects of Three Mile Island.
5.- Discuss the causes and effects of the Chernobyl accident.
6.- Compare and contrast the  Three Mile Island and the Chernobyl accidents: What happened during the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? How have these incidents affected the nuclear industry, and what lessons do you think should be drawn from them.
7.- Describe solar cells and solar power: prons and cons.
8.- Describe the current status of the development and potential for wind power.
9.- Explain the current status of nuclear waste disposal. Why is this, and how should the problem be tackled?
10.- Discuss use and potential of geothermal energy.
11.- Discuss Biomass energy production; give pros and cons.
12.- Explain the potential for fusion energy. Why might be described as the "ultimate" energy source?
13.- Describe the principles involved in nuclear fission.
14.- Discuss the main types of uranium ore deposits, their nature and mode of formation: Describe the ways in which the search for uranium ore deposits can be undertaken. Are there adequate supplies of uranium in the non-communist world?
15.- Explain how organic wastes can be used to generate energy. Give examples of present and possible future schemes to generate energy from "biomass."
16.- Outline the principles involved in hydroelectric power generation. Discuss the present utilization, future potential, and the limitations of this energy source.
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