Chapter 6: Energy
for the Future - Nuclear Power and Other Possible Alternatives
Unit (Chapter) Plan:
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Visit this web site: CNN
to check for current news on the World
Power-Uranium and Nuclear Fission: How Nuclear Radiation Works <http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear.htm>
Fission: take some time to review the difference between nuclear fission
and nuclear fusion <http://www.atomicarchive.com/Fission/Fission1.shtml>
and How It Is Used-The Nuclear Reactor: Types of Reactors <http://www.astro.soton.ac.uk/~ajb/fission.html>
States Nuclear Waste Storage - Yucca Mountain:
defends decision to send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain
The Chernobyl Accident <http://www.chernobyl.info/index.php?userhash=189920&navID=158&lID=2>
Search for Uranium Deposits
Reserves and Resources and the Future of the Fission Reactor: Nuclear Reactors
How They Work <http://reactor.engr.wisc.edu/power.html>
Wind, Wave, Ocean, and Tidal Energy
from Biological Materials and Waste Products
Fusion-The Ultimate Energy Source: Fusion Basics <http://www.jet.efda.org/pages/fusion-basics.html>
Future: The European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA)-Clear Energy for
the Future <http://www.jet.efda.org/documents/brochures/energy.pdf>
here for a list of bullet points to help you learn the topics of this chapter.
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(things you must do):
Chapter six of your textbook
the Yucca Project by the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Managment
on this link <http://www.etsu.edu/writing/3120f99/zctb3/nuclear2.htm#NuclearWaste>
to learn more about Nuclear Waste: Storage and Disposal Methods
about the The Nuclear Energy Agenc, vist this site <http://www.nea.fr/html/nea/flyeren.html>
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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Acquired (what you learned):
By the end
of this chapter you should be able to:
nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
Summarize the nuclear fuel cycle.
Briefly describe the development of the first commercial nuclear reactors.
Discuss the causes and effects of Three Mile Island.
Discuss the causes and effects of the Chernobyl accident.
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.
Describe solar cells and solar power: prons and cons.
Describe the current status of the development and potential for wind power.
Explain the current status of nuclear waste disposal. Why is this, and
how should the problem be tackled?
Discuss use and potential of geothermal energy.
Discuss Biomass energy production; give pros and cons.
Explain the potential for fusion energy. Why might be described as the
"ultimate" energy source?
Describe the principles involved in nuclear fission.
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
Explain how organic wastes can be used to generate energy. Give examples
of present and possible future schemes to generate energy from "biomass."
Outline the principles involved in hydroelectric power generation. Discuss
the present utilization, future potential, and the limitations of this
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