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Chapter 15 Vocabulary

gravitational potential energy potential energy that depends on an object's height.
elastic potential energy the potential energy of an object that is stretched or compressed.
mechanical energy the energy associated with motion and position of everyday objects.
thermal energy the total potential and kinetic energy of all microscopic particles in an object.
chemical energy the energy stored in chemical bonds.
electrical energy the energy associated with electrical particles.
electromagnetic energy a form of energy that travels through space in the form of waves
energy the ability to work.
kinetic energy the energy of motion.
potential energy the energy stored depending on position or shape.
nuclear energy the energy stored in atomic nuclei.
energy conversion the process of changing energy from one form to another.
nonrenewable energy sources exist in limited quantities and cannot be renewed except over the course of millions of years.
fossil fuels oil, natural gas, and coal.
renewable energy sources resources that can be replaced in a relatively quickly.
hydroelectric energy energy obtained from flowing water.
solar energy sunlight converted into usable energy.
geothermal energy thermal energy beneath the earths surface.
biomass energy the chemical energy stored in living things.
hydrogen fuel cell generates electricity by reacting hydrogen with oxygen.
energy conservation finding ways to use less energy or use energy more efficiently.
Created by: evan.voyk