The lessons in this module are designed to teach energy production to introductory biology students in the context of biodiesel production. The biodiesel link gives them an application of carbon and nitrogen cycle typically taught during a first-year course. In addition, students will use environmental science, economics and energy analyses to determine whether biodiesel is sustainable and a good idea.
This evaluation allows students to make an informed decision after studying the big picture. With petroleum fuel supplies running low, and the interest in greenhouse gases and global warming on the rise, alternative fuels are important for all people. The lessons in this module can each be completed independently of the others, making them appropriate for a physical science, biology, chemistry, or environmental science class.
Author: Syeda Smith