New Mexico Solar Energy Association
Energy Concepts Primer
This primer is intended to fill in important
background information about basic energy physics in a conceptually deep but
mathematically simple way.
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reading only highlighted portions of text.
Table of Contents
- What is energy?
- What are the different
forms of energy?
- What are the
properties of energy?
- How was
energy defined and discovered in the first place?
How is energy transported and transferred?
- How is energy converted?
- How is
measured, and how well does the Sun provide? (watts, kilo-watt hours, volts, and amps)
- How is
thermal (heat) energy measured, and how well does the Sun Provide?
(BTUs and therms)
- What is entropy? (as opposed to energy)
Other Energy Issues
- Impacts of coal
- Nuclear Power
- Global Warming
- Natural Gas and "Co-generation"
- US Energy-use Trends