Types of Energy

Updated: 5/22/2021
Types of Energy

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  • An example of thermal energy is the sun as it changes the temperature on Earth, releasing thermal energy.
  • Thermal energy is the energy that comes from a heated substance as the particles increase in movement and collide more.
  • Our voices are an example of sound energy as they create vibrations released and left to be interpretted by the organism who it travels to.
  • OUCH!
  • Sound energy is vibrations that travel outwards from the source in all directions through a medium like air, water and many other materials. The vibrations cause a disturbance in the colliding of particles making energy.
  • Lightning is a release of electrical energy that was previously unbalanced within the cloud, making this a great example of electric energy.
  • When elecrtic charges (electrons) move, this causes electric energy. Basically, the faster the electrons move, the more electric energy they carry.
  • While the sun is an example of something that emits solar energy, the solar pannels on top of buildings are examples of the technology we have created for conversion between solar energy and electric energy.
  • Solar energy is energy that is emitted from the sun that can later be converted into electric energy for us to use.
  • Chemical energy is released from the bonds of chemical compounds when in a chemical reaction. When this occurs, the original substance can be completely changed into a new substance.
  • The burning of coal creates a chemical reaction that converts it into a heat and light source making this an example of chemical energy.
  • Nuclear energy is stored within the nucleus of an atom and this energy can be used to create electricity. In order to do this it has to be released through a process called nuclear fusion or nuclear fission.
  • When nuclear energy is converted in power plants, it can be used to power a whole city, showing just how powerful it is.