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Chapter 15 Vocab

TermDefinition
energy the ability to do work
kinetic energy the energy of motion
potential energy energy stored as a result of position or shape
gravitational potential energy potential energy that depends on height
elastic potential energy the potential energy of an object compressed or strecthed
mechanical energy energy associated with the motion and position of everyday objects
thermal energy the potential and kinetic energy of all the microscopic particles in an object
chemical energy the energy stored in chemical bonds
electrical energy energy associated with electric charges
electromagnetic energy a form of energy that travels through space in the form of waves
nuclear energy energy stored in an atomic nuclei
energy conversion the process of energy changing from one form to another
nonrenewable energy resources energy resources that once depleted cant be restored
fossil fuels oil, natural gas,and coal
renewable energy resources resources that can be replaced in a relatively short period of time
hydroelectric energy energy obtained through flowing water
solar energy sunlight converted into energy
geothermic energy thermal energy beneath earths surface
biomass energy energy stored in living things
hydrogen fuel cell generates electricity by reacting hydrogen with oxygen
energy conservation finding ways to use less energy or more efficiently
Created by: michael.doyle