Unit 7

Textbook Homework Assignments 


Vocabulary list for quiz


Mineral Resources Slideshow


Energy Resources Slideshow



March 5, 2019

Homework: Module 34

What is a fossil fuel?

Why are fossil fuels classified as a nonrenewable energy source?

Explain why different forms of energy are best suited for certain purposes.

What are the primary ways electricity is generated in the United States?


March 6, 2019

Today we started class with a discussion about why coal is not a mineral.  Concepts discussed today were some of the differences between surface mining and subsurface mining.  We had a good review of phosphates and limestone (2 major resources mined in Georgia in addition to Kaolin).  A shout out to fourth period for their great job connecting limestone to concepts we studied in the past.  Remember surface mining is much worse for the environment than subsurface mining, but subsurface mining is much more dangerous for humans than surface mining.  Subsurface mining for coal is dangerous because of black lung disease, possible entrapment from cave-ins, carbon monoxide poisoning (canary in the coal mine), and explosions because of the buildup of explosive gases in the tunnels.

Homework:  Watch the videos carefully


































March 7, 2019

First 30 minutes of class is reading and working on your reflection for Chapter 4 of Gross Deceptive Product.  Chapter 4 is titled Environmentalism.  Your reflection should include the following terminology – developing country, developed country, poverty, affluenza, total fertility rate, sustainability, and global warming (underline these words as you use them in your reflection). 

  • On page 62 the author stated “continuous economic growth is unsustainable in the long term.”  What do you think is the meaning of that statement?  
  • Do you think it is right for a developed country to dictate how developing countries use their natural resources?  Explain.  (from p.63)
  • If you were to create an environmental group, what would be your mission?  Why?

Be prepared for a “spot” check on your reflections for the book anytime during this unit.

Homework: Watch the following three videos.  The first video is about deep sea mining.  This is a cool 3 minute video.  As you watch this video, think about how mining in the deep ocean will effect the deep ocean ecosystems.  What do you think about deep sea mining?  Remember, parts of the ocean belong to no one country…so who has claim to  the seafloor?  The second video is on gold mining and is from the documentary “Hunting the Elements.”  Some of you may have seen this documentary in your Chemistry class last year.  The third video is how a coal-fired power plant works.  This video takes you inside the coal-fired power plant and you can see all the things we have been talking about this semester.  At the end of the video you should be able to use the correct terminology to discuss how a coal -fired power plant uses water to create electricity and how they deal with the air pollutants produced from using coal as an energy source.




















































March 8, 2019

Today was a whiteboard day.  

Be prepared for a pop quiz Wednesday over the video assignments March 6 and 7.

Homework – should be done by Thursday.

  • Module 35
    • Discuss the uses of coal and its consequences
    • Discuss the uses of petroleum and its consequences
    • Discuss the uses of natural gas and its consequences
    • Discuss the uses of oil sands and liquefied coal and their consequences
    • Describe future prospects for fossil fuel use (Hubbert Curve, peak oil)

March 13, 2019

Today was another Whiteboard Day.  Our focus today was on our use of different fuel sources and the consequences for using these fuel sources (petroleum, coal, uranium, algae, corn, sugar, bitumen, and kerogen).

Pop quiz has been moved to March 14.  The pop quiz will include Module 35.

Watch the following video – you should be done with your homework by tomorrow.  





















March 14, 2019

Happy Pi Day!  Today was not about Pi, but about fossil fuels.  We had a pop quiz prior to our class discussion.  Anyone absent should plan to arrive to school by 8am tomorrow to take the pop quiz.  A big shout out to Fourth Period today.  Fourth period did an excellent job with the warm up question.  Fourth period shared several different ways the use of fossil fuels affects the environment – sediment pollution from mining operations or coal ash spills, coal ash (tailings), global climate change, habitat loss, loss of biodiversity, loss of keystone species, oil spills, acid rain, and cyanide poisoning (tailings ponds).

Be sure to check the “Textbook Homework Assignments” link above at the top of the page.  Homework tonight is Module 36.

We still need to work on our understanding of the Greenhouse Effect and global climate change.  Be sure to look at one of the very early blog postings.  And below is a video you need to watch.  I am thinking a pop quiz only on the greenhouse effect (free response…not multiple choice).










March 15, 2019

Discussion today was about petroleum and natural gas.  Homework is Module 37…see textbook assignment sheet which can be found at the top of this page.  The one video clip which wowed most students…

























This weekend students should review what they have learned so far for Unit 7.

Some of you need to watch this video clip about Salmon spawning.  























Extension – Full Documentary about Salmon




























March 18, 2019

Monday Mindmap Day!

Instructions for mindmap:


Homework:  Students should be done with Module 36 and working on Module 37 (Chapter 13).  The mindmap students started today should be done by Thursday and students should have followed instructions provided.  Reminder – at the top of this page is the link for the Google Doc which has the Module assignments along with due dates and what information your notes should cover.  

An email will go out tonight about Units 5 and 6 Recovery.  Students need to show 70% of homework completion before I accept Recovery work. 

Extension: Tour of a nuclear power plant








Optional NOVA Documentary on Nuclear Power – goes into detail what happened at Fukushima in Japan.  Very fascinating.



















March 19, 2018

First half of class is a discussion nuclear power and the pros and cons for using nuclear energy.  Second half of class is reading Chapter 5 (Sustainability) from Gross Deceptive Product.  Student reflection of this chapter should focus on the following:

  1. Explain why you think the author sees economic growth as being unsustainable.
  2. How does Chapter 5 connect with Unit 7?

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California is scheduled for shut down




























March 20, 2019

Beginning of our discussion on alternative energy sources.  The introduction to alternative energy sources video we watched will be part of the next pop quiz.  The next pop quiz will be over Modules 37 and 38 in addition to the video we watched in class today.

This is the video we watched in class today.

  • Ethanol – pros and cons; why is sugar ethanol more energy efficient than corn ethanol; what does it mean fuel vs. food when discussing ethanol
  • Biofuel made from switchgrass (synthetic biologist) vs. materials chemist and their artificial photosynthesis (see current event page of website)
  • Self-driving vehicles – how can they help us be more fuel-efficient
  • Masdar – people friendly; where are the cars?; how are they carbon neutral; why are windows facing away from direct sunlight; what is the difference between the two different solar energy sources?















Other videos about the future you might find interesting.

Vehicles of the Future – I really like this one















































March 21, 2019

Discussion about automobiles using alternative fuel sources.  Class began with pop quiz #2.  Makeup is during 5th pd tomorrow or at 7:50am tomorrow.

We discussed the pros and cons for using BEVs, hybrids, fuel-cell, ethanol, and biodiesel as alternatives for gasoline.  See the video below about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Electric cars have come a long way.  Check out this Formula E Racing car (It’s Electric!)






I found this video interesting as it compares hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with lithium battery vehicles.





















March 22, 2019

Be sure to check out the articles I posted for the In The News page of the website.  Two bonus questions on the Unit 7 test will be offered…one from each of the following articles: The Rapid Decline of the Natural World is Crisis Even Bigger than Climate Change and Putting Solar Panels on Water is a Great Idea- But will It Float?

Homework: Mindmap for Chapter 13 Click on link for instructions


Vocab quiz  has been cancelled – some of the vocabulary will be part of the last pop quiz for Unit 7 and some vocabulary will be used on the test.

The next pop quiz will include questions from this video about Sustainable City





























The future of wind energy?
















Shadow flicker caused by wind turbine




March 25, 2019

Today we completed our discussion of Unit 7 after Pop Quiz #3 (makeup for pop quiz is before school at 8am or during first part of 5th pd lunch).  I want you to think about how important petroleum is to humankind.  Below is a partial list of “things” made from petroleum.  When we think of alternative energy sources, we need to think about how the using of alternative energy sources will help keep petroleum around for a longer time – we need to find ways to extend this nonrenewable resource.

vents Diesel fuel Motor Oil Bearing Grease
Ink Floor Wax Ballpoint Pens Football Cleats
Upholstery Sweaters   (that explains the itchy sweater I have at home) Boats Insecticides
Bicycle Tires Sports Car Bodies Nail Polish Fishing lures
Dresses Tires Golf Bags Perfumes
Cassettes Dishwasher parts Tool Boxes Shoe Polish
Motorcycle Helmet Caulking Petroleum Jelly Transparent Tape
CD Player (do people still have these?) Faucet Washers Antiseptics Clothesline
Curtains Food Preservatives Basketballs Soap  (that explains why soap doesn’t clean oil off your hands)
Vitamin Capsules Antihistamines Purses Shoes
Dashboards Cortisone Deodorant Footballs
Putty Dyes Panty Hose Refrigerant
Percolators Life Jackets Rubbing Alcohol Linings
Skis TV Cabinets Shag Rugs Electrician’s Tape
Tool Racks Car Battery Cases Epoxy Paint
Mops Slacks Insect Repellent Oil Filters
Umbrellas Yarn Fertilizers Hair Coloring
Roofing Toilet Seats Fishing Rods Lipstick
Denture Adhesive Linoleum Ice Cube Trays Synthetic Rubber
Speakers Plastic Wood Electric Blankets Glycerin
Tennis Rackets Rubber Cement Fishing Boots Dice
Nylon Rope Candles Trash Bags House Paint
Water Pipes Hand Lotion Roller Skates Surf Boards
Shampoo Wheels Paint Rollers Shower Curtains
Guitar Strings Luggage Aspirin Safety Glasses
Antifreeze Football Helmets Awnings Eyeglasses (I thought they were made from glass)
Clothes Toothbrushes Ice Chests Footballs
Combs CD’s & DVD’s Paint Brushes Detergents
Vaporizers Balloons Sun Glasses Tents
Heart Valves Crayons Parachutes Telephones
Enamel Pillows Dishes Cameras
Anesthetics Artificial Turf Artificial limbs Bandages
Dentures Model Cars Folding Doors Hair Curlers
Cold cream Movie film Soft Contact lenses Drinking Cups
Fan Belts Car Enamel Shaving Cream Ammonia
Refrigerators Golf Balls Toothpaste (Yuck) Gasoline

Tomorrow we will review.  Homework – complete your Modules and complete your mindmaps.  The review guide for the test is found on the Unit 7 Resources page.

Watch this video as part of your review.



































March 26, 2019

Review for test today.  I highly suggested to all students to use the slideshows and videos to help them review for the video.  Do not depend on your own memory.  Look it up when you are not 100% certain.  The test will have one half life question.

March 27, 2019

Test today.