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Chapter 15 vocab

Energy The ability to do work
Kinetic Energy The energy an object has due to its motion
Gravitational potential engergy Potential energy that depends upon an object's height above a reference point
Elastic potential energy The potential energy of an object that is stretched 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 particles in an object
Chemical energy The energy stored in chemical bonds
Electrical energy The energy associated with electrical charges
Electromagnetic energy A form of energy consisting of changing electric and magnetic fields
Nuclear energy The energy stored in atomic nuclei
Energy conversion The process of changing one form of energy to another
Nonrenewable energy resources A source of energy that exists in limited quantities and, once used, can not be replaced except over the course of millions of years
Fossil fuels Rich deposits of hydrocarbon mixtures that formed from the remains of organisms
renewable energy resources A source of energy that can be replaced a relatively short period of time
Hydroelectric energy The energy obtained from flowing water
Solar energy Sunlight that is converted into usable energy
Geothermal energy Thermal energy beneath the earth's surface
Biomass energy The chemical energy stored in living things
Hydrogen fuel cell A cell that generates electricity from a controlled reaction between hydrogen and oxygen
Energy conservation The practice of finding ways to use less energy or to use energy more efficiently
Created by: heavennevels1