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Energy Physical, Environmental, and Social Impact

ISBN-10: 0130932221
ISBN-13: 9780130932228
Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $181.60
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 6/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 696
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.278
Language: English

For non-majors introductory energy courses in the departments of Physics, Geology, and Geography. The most complete book of its kind on the market, this text focuses on energy needs, trends, and long-term prospects and resource supplies. It addresses all the various issues involved with energy, from population to production to distribution to the consequences of the choices made in supplying the energy. Energy is defined and the history of energy use is explored. The book is organized into a general introduction, electricity generation and transmission, thermal aspects of energy, material resources, fossil energy resources and consequences of its use, an extensive section on solar energy and its future, and alternative energy. In this edition, the text discussion has been more tightly focused on the core elements of energy production, distribution, and utilization as well as the consequences flowing from choices made in doing all of these.

Introduction to Energy
General Considerations
A Digression on the Necessity of a Finite World Population
Work, Energy, and Power
Electricity Generation and Transmission
Electricity
Consumption of Electrical Energy: Projections and Exponential Growth
Thermal Aspects of Energy Generation
Atoms and Chemical Energy
The Efficiency of Energy Generation and Thermodynamics
Production and Distribution of Electricity
Conservation: An Important Energy Source
Material Resources and Consequences
Mineral Resources
Recycling and Reuse
Fossil Fuel Resources and Consequences
Fossil Fuel Resources
Environmental Effects of Utility Generating Facilities
Pollution from Fossil Fuels
Moving Down the Road
Weather and Climate
Climate Change and Human Activity
Nuclear Energy Resources and Consequences
Nuclear Energy
Energy from Nuclear Reactors
Safety and Nuclear Energy
Solar Energy
Solar Energy
Solar Energy and Water
Biomass Energy
The Energy Cost of Agriculture (A Case Study)
Energy Alternatives
Energy Storage and Energy Alternatives
Tocsin
Scientific Notation
Logarithms
Understanding Tabular Data
Vector Addition
Index

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