Forms of Energy

by eva clay

Mechanical Energy

Mechanical energy is kinetic or potential energy associated with the motion or position of an object.

Some examples are a thrown football or a trophy resting on a shelf.

Thermal Energy

Thermal energy is the total potential and kinetic energy of particles in an object.

Some examples are ice cream melting on a hot day or a hot bowl of soup.

Electrical Energy

Electrical energy is the energy of electric charges.

Some examples are when you place your hand on a metal doorknob and get a shock or lightning during a storm.

Chemical Energy

Chemical energy is potential energy stored in the chemical bonds that hold chemical compounds together.

Some examples are the energy in food or in the matches used to light a candle.

Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy is stored in the nucleus of an atom.

Some examples are nuclear fission (when a nucleus splits) or nuclear fusion (when atom nuclei fuse).

Electromagnetic Energy

Electromagnetic energy is the energy of light and other forms of radiation.

Some examples are microwaves or sunlight.