The Secret Lives
of Energy site is devoted to the intelligent, efficient, and environmental
friendly way of utilizing our energy resources. Energy is considered
as almost being alive, from its birth at the creation of the universe,
in its evolution as it constantly changes from one type into another
type, and finally as it ages and loses its ability to be used efficiently.
The site is
broken down into three sections as follows.
* The Energy Story
contains content material on the definition of energy, the many
types of energy that exist in nature, energy's ability to change
from one type into another, and how we use these energy changes
to generate the types of energy that we need. There are also a number
of exercises and games mixed in.
The Energy Problem
In this section,
the content material outlines the difficulties involved in providing
all of the energy that our civilization requires. Not only are the
supplies of energy finite as our energy use continues to climb,
but there are economic and political difficulties as well. And along
with energy use comes pollution. The content leads up to a series
of sometimes controversial questions that must be discussed so that
the major decisions concerning our energy resources can be made
in an intelligent fashion. These decisions will have serious impacts
on how our civilization fares in the future.
The Energy Solution
after discussing our energy problems, will conclude that we need
to change our lifestyles or the way that we use and generate energy.
This section provides ways to get started in accomplishing those
The three sections
above were written for student use at the high school level and
were designed to be "read" in a linear fashion. There
are web links and exercises or labs included in those web links
that are not required in order to continue along this linear sequence.
for teachers is included in the Teacher Guide section of the site.