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Types of Energy

It's All Around Us!

Forms of Energy Light is a form of radiant energy.

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Forms of Energy

There are many different types of energy, which all fall into two primary formskinetic and potential. Energy can transform from one type to another, but it can never be destroyed or created.

Burning Questions

What are the different types of energy?

Types of energy can be categorised into two broad categories – kinetic energy (the energy of moving objects) and potential energy (energy that is stored). These are the two basic forms of energy. The different types of energy include thermal energy, radiant energy, chemical energy, nuclear energy, electrical energy, motion energy, sound energy, elastic energy and gravitational energy.

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What is the Law of Consevation of Energy Energy?

While it might sound complex, the First Law of Conservation of energy simply states that energy can never be created or destroyed, but it can be transformed from one type to another.

Types of Energy Diagram Energy can be transformed from one form to another in different ways.

What Do You Mean?

Kinetic energy is the energy of a moving object.

Potential energy is energy that is stored in an object or substance.

The Law of Conservation of energy is that energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created or destroyed.

Energy Transformations see diagram…

Notice that these energy transfer examples only show the useful energy transfers. However, car engines are also noisy (sound energy) and hot (thermal energy) and electric lamps also give out heat energy.

Cool Facts

The word energy comes from the Greek word 'energeia', meaning 'activity.

Cool Facts

The use of the word 'energy' dates all the way back to the 4th century BC.

Speedy Summary

Energy comes in many different types, which can be categorised into two basic formskinetic and potential. Energy can never be created or destroyed, but it can be transformed from one type of energy to another.