6th Edition

Roger A. Hinrichs, Merlin H. Kleinbach, Rachel Wade

ISBN-13: 9780357719428
Copyright 2024 | Published
672 pages | List Price: USD $225.95

In our society, we must make decisions about the production and use of energy and the consequences of that production and use, whether we are buying a car, voting for ballot measures or building a house. Our governments, the media and corporations discuss policies regarding climate change, radioactive waste and environmental regulation. Hinrichs/Wade's ENERGY: ITS USE AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 6th Edition, provides you with the science foundation to participate in these discussions and to make informed decisions, emphasizing the physical principles behind energy and its effects on our environment. In this text you will learn the basic physical principles behind the use of energy, including the study of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and atomic and nuclear physics. By placing energy issues within the context of everyday examples and asking you to define and support critical arguments, this text will offer a provocative approach to this crucial field.


1. Introduction.
2. Energy Mechanics.
3. Energy and Work.
4. Conservation of Energy.
5. Heat and Work.
6. Home Energy Conservation and Heat-Transfer Control.
7. Solar Energy: Characteristics and Heating.
8. Energy from Fossil Fuels.
9. The Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change.
10. Environmental Impacts of Energy Production.
11. Electricity: Circuits and Superconductors.
12. Electromagnetism and the Generation of Electricity.
13. Electricity from Solar, Wind, and Hydro.
14. Energy Storage: Batteries, Electric Vehicles and Fuel Cells.
15. The Building Blocks of Matter: The Atom and Its Nucleus.
16. Nuclear Power: Fission.
17. Effects and Uses of Radiation.
18. Future Energy Alternatives: Fusion.
19. Biomass: From Plants to Garbage.
20. Tapping the Earth's Heat: Geothermal Energy.
21. A National and Personal Commitment.
Appendix A: Units of Measurement and Powers of Ten Notation.
Appendix B: Conversions and Equivalencies.
Appendix C: Home Heating Analysis.
Appendix D: Insolation and Temperature Data for Selected U.S. Cities.
Appendix E: Additional Energy Data Resources

  • Roger A. Hinrichs

    Roger Hinrichs is presently a professor emeritus of physics at SUNY-Oswego. At SUNY-Oswego he was previously a professor of physics and department chair, and he taught energy-related courses for over 25 years. His training is in experimental nuclear physics, and his research involves studies of trace materials in environmental and biological samples using PIXE with Oswego's Van de Graaff particle accelerator. He has an interest in energy use in developing countries, and spent time in Kenya and India, as well as one year as a Fulbright Scholar in the sultanate of Oman. Additionally, he spent four years as a visiting professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. He co-directed the Institute in Energy Education, a program for secondary school science and technology teachers. In its 20 years, this program has impacted over 500,000 students and has won numerous awards. Dr. Hinrichs also supports active inquiry-based learning in the classroom; some of the activities in this text come from his course, "Physics for Elementary Education Majors." He has worked as a consultant at local, state and national levels on matters of energy policy and energy technologies.

  • Merlin H. Kleinbach

    Merlin H. Kleinbach received his Bachelor's degree from Westmar College, IA; his Masters degree from Colorado State College, 1955; and a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri in 1959. He has taught high school science and industrial arts in Colorado, and college courses in woodworking technology, metals technology, and basic electronics as well as Professional Education graduate courses for seven years at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Given an opportunity to teach and travel overseas, he took a position at Haile Selassie I University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for four years (1966-1970), assisting in developing a teacher education program to prepare technology teachers for the newly developed comprehensive school program there. The University employed faculty from several dozen different countries from around the world, providing real insights into other cultures, their concerns, and potential. During this period, he and his family traveled extensively to countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

  • Rachel Wade

    Dr. Rachel Wade is the department chair for physics and astronomy at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington, where she teaches physics, weather and oceanography. Her scientific training is in physical oceanography with an emphasis on climate science. Dr. Wade holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Whitman College. Her master’s degrees in physical oceanography and in science education, along with her doctorate in higher education, are from the University of Washington. Her research has focused on STEM education in two-year colleges to include integrating polar science into physics curriculum, identity and inclusion in STEM, and problem-based learning in physics. Dr. Wade serves as the faculty advisor for the Edmonds Math Science Engineering Achievement Community College Program. Outside of academia, she also has more than 25 years of service in the U.S. Navy Reserve, where she serves as a naval oceanographer.

  • This new edition is updated to reflect the most current material, including the Paris Climate Agreement, the rapid growth of solar energy, the ongoing discussions around nuclear power and an expanded discussion on global climate change.

  • A new chapter on energy storage is introduced in the sixth edition, focused on batteries, electric vehicles and fuel cells.

  • The environmental impact of fossil-fuel consumption is emphasized, in part by placing chapters that discuss climate change material early in the text.

  • The authors integrate the complex questions of energy policy and possible energy strategies, with special emphasis on the link between energy demand and rapidly growing economies.

  • International perspectives on energy are emphasized throughout. Although the book primarily focuses on the United States' use of energy, geopolitics and energy policy in other parts of the world have important effects on the domestic economy and industry.

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