Lesson Plan: Energy from Fossil Fuels Physics
This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the advantages and disadvantages of generating electricity by burning fossil fuels.
Students will be able to
- recall what types of fuel are fossil fuels,
- recall the advantages of fossil fuel-powered power stations:
- they can produce very large quantities of energy (but generally not as much as nuclear power stations),
- they can produce electricity at all times of the day and year,
- gas power stations are very quick to start up,
- recall the disadvantages of fossil fuel-powered power stations:
- produces huge quantities of and other pollutants,
- these fuel sources will eventually run out,
- do some basic energy and power calculations for power stations using .
Students should already be familiar with
- the different categories of energy,
- the units of energy,
- what electricity is.
Students will not cover
- subtypes of fossil fuel (i.e., brown coal, shale gas, etc.).