Energy production

What to expect

This topic is quite unusual. Rather than having lots of abstract concepts (like force or potential difference), the physics you have studied so far will help you to understand some big real-world issues.

It's all about flow!

Learning objectives

After studying this topic, you should be able to:

  • Explain the processes of electricity production and consumption
  • Discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable sources
  • Describe the features involved in nuclear power operation and safety
  • Explain how the greenhouse effect results from greenhouse gases


  • Energy sources

    The picture gives away the source of almost all of our energy - the sun. This might be obvious for solar cells, but what's the link between the sun and other energy resources?

  • Global thermal energy transfer

    This concluding topic is a bit of everything and is a great check of so much that you have already studied.