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Energy PE and KE

Kinetic and Potential Energy

TermDefinition
Electrical Energy (Kinetic) Energy of moving electric charges (examples: lightning, charged particles in a circuit)
Radiant Energy (Kinetic) Energy that travels as electromagnetic waves (examples: visible light, microwaves, X-rays, infrared rays)
Sound Energy (Kinetic) Energy given off by vibrating objects: energy we can hear (examples: videos, music)
Mechanical Energy (Kinetic) Energy of motion used to do work (examples: flowing water, wind, machines, your body when you move)
Thermal Energy (Kinetic) Energy of the moving particles that make up matter (examples: energy that maintains your body’s temperature, geothermal energy, heat)
Chemical Energy (Potential) Energy stored in the bonds that hold atoms together (examples: foods, fuels)
Nuclear Energy (Potential) Energy stored in the nuclei of atoms; released when nuclei join together or split apart (examples: nuclear power plants, fusion in stars)
Gravitational Energy (Potential) Energy of position (examples: roller coaster at the top of hill, pendulum)
Stored Mechanical Energy (Potential) Energy stored in an object because a force was applied to it (examples: compressed spring, stretched rubber band)
Created by: krozwood