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Forms of Energy

Light Another word for radiant; the only form of energy that we can directly see
nuclear energy Energy released when atoms split or join together
kinetic energy Energy of an object due to its motion
mechanical energy Potential energy + Kinetic energy of an object
solar energy Radiant energy that comes from the sun
geothermal energy Use of heat from the Earth to transform energy
transformation Change of energy that is constantly occurring
thermal energy Heat energy; increases as the temperature increases
tidal energy Uses the gravitational pull of the Earth and moon to transform energy
Law of Conservation of Energy Energy is neither created nor destroyed. It is only transformed into another type of energy.
wave energy Uses the kinetic force of waves to transform energy
heat Energy transferred at the atomic level due to a difference in temperature; another word for thermal
potential energy Energy of an object due to its position
hydroelectric power Renewable energy source that transforms the kinetic energy of falling water into electricity
chemical energy Energy stored in the bonds of chemical compounds that is released during reactions
electromagnetic energy Energy made from vibrations of magnetism and electricity; only type of wave that can travel through empty space
magnetic energy Potential energy of a magnetic field; energy is stronger at the poles
biomass Natural materials and waste products that are burned to generate electricity
electrical energy Energy that comes from the flow of an electric current through a conductor; secondary energy source
sound energy Caused by an object’s vibrations being transmitted through the air in the form of waves
energy The ability to make matter move or change
radiant energy Energy carried by light and other types of electromagnetic radiation
electricity Flow of electrons and protons; transferred through electrical energy
wind energy A form of solar energy; kinetic energy of the wind is converted into mechanical energy
fossil fuel Fuel formed within the earth from decayed plants and animals; coal, oil, and natural gas
forms of potential energy chemical, nuclear, gravitational, and mechanical, elastic
forms of kinetic energy electrical, thermal, radiant, sound, mechanical
energy from the sun that causes photosynthesis radiant
form of energy in a battery chemical
form of energy created by wind mechanical
Lightning is what two forms of energy? electrical and radiant
transformations of energy in a coal burning power plant chemical to thermal to mechanical to electrical
transformations of energy in a hydroelectric power plant gravitational to mechanical to electrical
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