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Chp15Vocab_Ernst

TermDefinition
energy Ability to do work
kinetic energy The energy of motion
potential energy The energy that is stored as a result of position or shape
gravitational potential energy Potential energy that depends upon an object's height
elastic potential energy The potential energy of an object that is streched or compressed
mechanical energy The energy associated with the motion and position of everyday objects
thermal energy The total potential and kinetic energy of all the microscopic particles in an object
chemical energy The energy stored in chemical bonds
electrical energy The energy associated with electric charges
electromagnetic energy A form of energy that travels through space in the form of waves
nuclear energy The energy stored in atomic nuclei
energy conversion The process of changing energy from one form to another
nonrenewable energy resources Exist in limited quantities, once used can't be replaced for millions of years
fossil fuels Oil, natural gas, and coal
renewable energy resources Resources that can be replaced in a short time period
hydroelectric energy energy obtained by flowing water
solar energy sunlight that is converted to usable energy
geothermal energy thermal energy beneath 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 to use less energy more efficiently
Created by: david.ernst