Energy is a word with more than one meaning. Energy means something has the ability to cause change.
- Mostly it is used in science to describe how much potential a physical system has to change.
- It may also be used in economics to describe the part of the market where energy itself is harnessed and sold to consumers.
- It can sometimes refer to the ability for someone to act or speak in a lively and vigorous way.
Energy in Science[change | change source]
In science energy is something that can do work.
There are two basic forms of energy:
Conservation of Energy[change | change source]
Example of Conservation Law of Energy[change | change source]
Here is an example:
- the energy of a thing is measured to start with
- the energy changes from potential energy to kinetic energy and back again
- at the end the energy of the thing is measured again
The measurements of energy at the start and end will always be the same.
Conservation of Matter and Energy[change | change source]
Scientists now know that matter can be made into energy, and energy into matter, through processes like nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. The law of conservation of energy has therefore been extended to become the Law of conservation of matter and energy. Albert Einstein was the first to mathematically derive this in the formula E = mc2.
Example[change | change source]
A stone is thrown upwards and falls to the ground.
- human throws the stone: energy store in muscles= chemical energy
- stone moves upwards= kinetic energy
- stone at the highest point= potential energy
- stone falls to ground= kinetic energy
- stone hits ground= thermal energy/sonic energy
Types of energy[change | change source]
Scientists have identified many types of energy, and found that they can be changed from one kind into another. For example:
- Light energy
- Sound energy
- Renewable energy
- Solar energy
- Nuclear energy
- Elastic energy
- Gravitational potential energy
- Kinetic energy
- Dark energy
- Internal energy
Measuring Energy[change | change source]
As in other kinds of measurements, there are measurement units. The units of measurement for measuring energy are used to make the numbers meaningful.
Some scientific units of Measurement for Energy[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Woolley, Steve. Edexcel IGCSE Physics Revision Guide. Pearson Education. p. 49. .
Other pages[change | change source]
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