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    Types of Energy

    Energy Is the Ability To Do Work

    Energy is in everything. We use energy for everything we do, from making a jump shot to baking cookies to sending astronauts into space.

    Energy forms are either potential or kinetic. Potential energy comes in forms that are stored including — chemical, electrical, gravitational, mechanical, and nuclear. Kinetic energy forms are doing work — like heat, light, motion, and sound.

    Hanging apple = Potential energy
    When it's hanging it's potential. When it's falling the potential energy is turned into kinetic energy. What happens to the energy when it hits the head?

    The 10 Types of Energy

     

    Review the list below so that you can identify each energy's type . You can find a definition and more information by clicking on the energy type,you will need to hit the back arrow to come back to this page for each site visited below.

    Also, each of these energies can be identified as either kinetic or potential. Kinetic energy is energy of motion - the energy is contained in the movement of the object or movement inside of the object. Potential energy is stored energy, energy that can be kept for use at a later time. 

    Type of Energy
    Examples or Sources
    KE= Kinetic
    PE= Potential
    Kinetic Energy kinetic
    sound
    wind
    turning drill bit
    KE
    Gravitational Energy
    ball held above the ground
    hydro
    PE
    Spring

    spring
    stretched rubber band
    wound up spring toy
    stretched bungee cord

    PE
    Electrical

    electricity
    static cling
    lightning

    KE
    Magnetic magnetic
    planetary poles
    compass
    PE
    Mechanical mechanical
    pistons in a car engine
    KE
    Heat heat
    thermal
    hot water
    steam
    KE
    Nuclear
    [flash animation]
    nuclear
    fission
    fusion
    heavy water
    uranium
    PE
    Light
    [flash animation]
    light
    microwaves
    x-rays
    solar
    ultraviolet rays
    KE

    Chemical
    [flash animation]

    chemical
    gasoline
    batteries
    oil
    natural gas
    food
    gunpowder
    wood
    charcoal
    PE

     

     The Energy Story - Introduction

     

    ELECTRIC CIRCUITS

    Circuits, conductors, insulators, switches, and diagrams.  Learn all about circuits with the Blobz guide.
    LIGHT AND SHDOWS

    Control the light switch and the angle to make and move the shadows.
      KIDS SAVING ENERGY

    This site provides a few activities and experiments that use solar energy to heat a glass of water, to run a car, and make electricity. 
    TYPES OF ENERGY

    Shows 8 different types of energy with explanations and examples of each.
    SOLAR ENERGY

    Learn about how solar energy begins and is used by all living things. Areas of the animated information can be clicked to find even more details about the formation of fossil fuels, photovoltaic cells, and differences between seasons. A text only version of the site can be accessed. 
    ALIEN ATTACK!

    Welcome Agent!  To the Department of Peace.  Our mission: To wipe out crime from the universe.
    ENERGY QUEST ROOM

    This visual site is highly interactive and allows you to explore different types of energy. You can find videos (require Quicktime), an energy time machine to learn about different types of energy, information on conservation, a household tour to find "energy vampires, " and much more. 
    ENERGY EXPERIENCE

    The largest producer of power and gas in the United Kingdom educates kids about energy through this interactive site. Through animated cartoons, students learn what energy is, how we use energy and how we waste it, too. All information is applicable to the USA, supplemented by the lovely British accents.
    ENERGY FLOWS

    This website provides students with an interactive way to learn about energy. Students are provided with a sequence of several steps (for example, how river water becomes cool air). Students must put the pictures in the correct order to create the correct sequence. Numerous forms of energy are included (solar, electricity, wind, and others).
    LIGHTS OUT GAME

    The energy saving game.
    ELECTRO-MAGNET

    Configure the electromagnet to pick up the correct number of paperclips.  Control its strength.
    CIRCUIT WORLD

    Build and test your own electrical circuits.  
    SILICON SPIES

    Dr. Volt has evil plans to make the city dark.  With the help of the Spies, learn how to save the day by learning how circuits work.

     

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