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Energy

6th grade Science Energy Unit Vocabulary

TermDefinition
energy the ability to cause change; the ability to do work
nonrenewable energy resources an energy resource that is available in limited amounts or that is used faster than it is replaced in nature
renewable energy resources an energy resource that is replaced as fast as or faster than it is used
solar energy radiant energy from the Sun
nuclear energy energy from uranium nuclei that is transformed into thermal energy
fossil fuels are the remains of ancient organisms that can be burned as an energy source
hydro-electric energy energy from falling water used to generate electricity
biomass materials that come from plants and animals such as wood, dried peat moss, and manure
geothermal energy thermal energy from inside the Earth
wind energy wind turbines convert the kinetic energy from wind into electric energy
kinetic energy energy due to motion
potential energy stored energy due to interactions between objects or particles
gravitational potential energy energy stored between an object and Earth
elastic potential energy energy stored when objects are stretched or compressed
chemical potential energy energy stored between the chemical bonds of atoms
Created by: marybuchholz