Energy in Perspective

Energy in Perspective

2nd Edition - January 1, 1982

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  • Editor: Jerry B. Marion
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323161961

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Energy in Perspective, Second Edition attempts to place the energy crisis in perspective and discusses the sources and functions of energy. This book examines the overall situation and explains the short-term and long-term outlook, with emphasis on fuel supplies as well as on energy technologies. Organized into eight chapters, this edition starts with an overview of the way energy consumption affects the environment. This text then discusses the distinction between energy and power and examines the primary connections among the various energy forms. Other chapters consider the magnitude of the industrialized world's consumption of energy. This book discusses as well the different categories of energy usage, which includes transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial. The final chapter presents the time schedule for the various developments in solving the impending crisis in energy. This book is a valuable resource for teachers and students who are interested in the study of energy sources and utilization.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1 The Energy Crisis

    The Nature of the Crisis

    The Future—Bright or Bleak

    Chapter 2 Work, Energy, and Power

    The Definition of Work


    Conservation of Energy—Forms of Energy

    Energy Conversion

    Efficiency in Energy Conversions


    Heat Engines

    Energy Units and Conversions

    Questions and Exercises

    Chapter 3 Energy Consumption—Today and the Future

    How Much Energy Do We Use?

    How Do We Use Our Energy?

    Energy Usage in the Future

    Questions and Exercises

    Chapter 4 Sources of Energy

    The Changing Sources of Energy

    Water Power

    Fossil Fuels

    Formation of Coal and Petroleum Substances

    Coal Supplies

    Oil Supplies

    The Processing of Petroleum

    Natural Gas Supplies

    Alternate Sources of Liquid Petroleum

    Coal Gasification and Liquefaction

    Nuclear Fuel

    Geothermal Energy

    Tidal Power

    Electricity From Solar Radiation

    Solar Heating

    Other Forms of Solar Energy

    Energy Storage

    Questions and Exercises

    Chapter 5 Nuclear Power

    Protons, Neutrons, and Nuclei

    Nuclear Masses

    The Binding Energy Curve

    Nuclear Fission

    Chain Reactions


    Isotopic Enrichment of Uranium

    Nuclear Reactors

    The Moderation and Control of Fission Neutrons

    The Nuclear Power Industry

    Breeder Reactors

    Benefit versus Risk

    Nuclear Fusion

    Fusion Reactors—Prospect for the Future

    Thermonuclear Fission—A New Twist on Nuclear Energy

    Questions and Exercises

    Appendix. On the Feasibility of Coal-Driven Power Stations

    Chapter 6 The Effects of Nuclear Radiations

    The Discovery of Radioactivity

    Nuclear Changes

    The Half-Life

    The Interaction of Radiation with Matter


    Radiation Units

    Radioactivity Produced by Reactors

    Radiation Damage in Biological Systems

    Relative Biological Effectiveness and the Rem

    Radiation Exposure

    Effects of Radiation Damage

    Public Exposure to Radiation

    The Other Side of the Coin

    Questions and Exercises

    Chapter 7 Energy and the Environment

    The Effects of Water Power

    Fossil Fuels—Multiple Threats

    Environmental Effects of Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide

    Thermal Pollution

    Questions and Exercises

    Chapter 8 Outline for the Future

    The Short Term

    The near Intermediate Term (to 1990)

    The Intermediate Term (to 2000)

    The Long Term (to 2025 or 2050)

    Questions and Exercises

    Appendix 1 Powers-of-Ten Notation

    Appendix 2 Suggestions for Further Reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 218
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: January 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323161961

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Jerry B. Marion

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