Forms of Energy

By Kate Bell

Gravitational Potential Energy

Gravitational potential energy is energy an object possesses because of its position in a gravitational field.


Example 1: a bird or plane in the sky

Example 2: a parachutist

Kinetic Energy

Energy which a body possesses virtue of being in motion.


Example 1: A person walking

Example 2: A thrown baseball

Sound Energy

A form of energy associated with the vibration or disturbance of matters.


Example 1: Radio

Example 2: Voice

Heat Energy

The result of the movement of tiny particles called atoms, molecules or irons in solids, liquid and gasses.


Example 1: Fire

Example 2: Sun

Nuclear Energy

The energy released during nuclear fission or fusion, especially when used to generate electricity.


Example 1: Sparkler

Example 2: Bomb

Chemical Energy

It is energy stored in the bonds of chemical compounds (atoms and molecules).


Example 1: Batteries

Example 2: Pertoleum

Electrical Energy

An electric charge that lets work be accomplished.


Example 1: lightening

Example 2: solar cells

Elastic Potential Energy

It is potential energy stored as a result of deformation of an elastic object, such as the stretching of a spring.


Example 1: Rubber Band

Example 2: trampolines

Light Energy

Nature moves energy at an extremely rapid rate


Example 1: Sun

Example 2: Light Balb