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Unit 5

Forms of Energy

TermDefinition
energy the ability to cause changes in matter
potential energy energy that an object has because of its position or its condition
kinetic energy the energy an object has because of motion
electrical energy energy that comes from electric current
mechanical energy the total potential and kinetic energy of an object
chemical energy energy that can be released by a chemical reaction
thermal energy the total amount of kinetic energy of the particles in a substance
temperature the measure of the average energy of motion of particles of matter, which we feel as how hot or cold something is
heat the energy that moves between objects of different temperatures
static electricity the buildup of electric charges on an object
electric current the flow of electric charges along a path
conductor a material that lets heat or electricity travel through it easily
insulator a material that does not let heat or electricity move through it easily
circuit a path along which electric charges can flow
series circuit an electric circuit in which the electrical charges have only one path to follow
parallel circuit an electric circuit that has more than one path for the electric charges to follow
Created by: wmsScience