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Ch. 15 Vocab

TermDefinition
Energy Ability to do work.
Kinetic Energy Energy of motion.
Potential Energy 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 Potential energy of an object that is stretched or compressed.
Mechanical Energy Energy associated with the motion and position of everyday objects.
Thermal Energy Total potential and kinetic energy of all the microscopic particles in an object.
Chemical Energy Energy stored chemical bonds.
Electrical Energy Energy associated with electric charges.
Electromagnetic Energy Form of energy that travels through space in the form of waves.
Nuclear Energy Energy stored in atomic nuclei.
Energy Conversion Process of changing energy from one form to another.
Nonrenewable Energy Resources Exist in limited quantities and, once used, cannot be replaced except over the course of millions of years
Fossil Fuels Formed underground from the remains of once-living organisms
Renewable Energy Resources Replaced in a relatively short period of time
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generates electricity by reacting hydrogen and oxygen
Energy Conservation Finding ways to use less energy or to use energy more efficiently
Hydroelectric Energy Energy obtained from flowing water
Solar Energy Sunlight that is converted into usable energy
Geothermal Energy Thermal energy beneath earth's surface
Biomass Energy Chemical energy stored in living things
Created by: TristanAcker