Earth Science: Solar Energy

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Questions on this quiz are based on information from
Earth Science: Solar Energy.

1. Where does solar power get its energy from?
a. From the burning of fossil fuels like coal
b. The internal heat of the Earth
c. Moving water sources like rivers
d. The rays of the Sun
e. All of the above

2. True or False: Solar power is considered a renewable energy source.

3. Solar power can be used to generate heat or ________.
a. Cold
b. Electricity
c. Gasoline
d. Hydropower
e. Sunlight

4. What kind of solar heating uses no mechanical components to move the heat around?
a. Active
b. Reactive
c. Retroactive
d. Electric
e. Passive

5. Which of the following is another name for solar cells?
a. Active cells
b. Passive cells
c. Photovoltaic cells
d. Voltage cells
e. Photographic cells

6. What particles from the sun help to generate power from solar cells?
a. Electrons
b. Protons
c. Neutrons
d. Photons
e. Quarks

7. Which of the following is a drawback to using solar cells to produce electricity?
a. Cost of the cells
b. It takes a lot of cells to produce energy
c. It is dependent on the weather
d. The amount of sunlight changes throughout the year
e. All of the above

8. Where are the world's largest solar thermal plants located?
a. Texas
b. Japan
c. Australia
d. California
e. Canada

9. What famous scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in photovoltaic power?
a. Bill Gates
b. Albert Einstein
c. Thomas Edison
d. Isaac Newton
e. Stephen Hawking

10. What should help make solar energy a viable energy source in the future?
a. More energy output from the Sun
b. Longer days
c. Improved efficiency of solar panels
d. All of the above
e. None of the Above

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