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Chpt. 5 Energy Vocab

Energy transformation terms

TermDefinition
energy The ability to do work or cause change
mechanical energy Kinetic or potential energy associated with the motion or position of an object
gravitational potential energy Potential energy that depends on the height of an object
elastic potential energy The energy of stretched or compressed objects
kinetic energy Energy that an object has due to its motion
thermal energy The kinetic and potential energy of the particles of an object
chemical energy A form of potential energy that is stored in chemical bonds between atoms
electrical energy The energy of moving electrical charges
potential energy Stored energy that results from the position or shape of an object
law of conservation of energy The rule that energy cannot be created or destroyed
nuclear energy The potential energy stored in the nucleus of an atom
energy transformation (or energy conversion) The process of changing one form of energy to another
Created by: bphelan on 2013-03-14



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