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Energy and Types of Energy

You observe many things around you every day. The book lying on the table, the clothes lying on your bed, etc. Are these things just lying around? Don’t they possess any energy? Indeed they do. But what kind of energy do they possess? Above all, what is energy? Let us study more about energy and types of energy below.

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What is Energy?

It basically means the capacity to perform work. However, just because it exists, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily available to do work. Moreover, heat and work i.e., energy in the process, transfers from one body to another. It can convert from one form to another in various ways. For instance, usable mechanical or electrical energy is, produced by many kinds of devices, including fuel-burning heat engines, generators, batteries, fuel cells, etc.

The SI unit is joules and one joule is equal to the work done by a one-newton force acting over a one-metre distance.

Calculation of Energy

Suppose a body having mass m kg moving with a linear velocity of meter/sec so its energy is in the form of kinetic energy which is equal to K.E=1/2mv2

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Types of Energy

It comes in various forms, here are a few common types of energy:

a. Mechanical Energy

It results from the movement or the location of an object. It is the sum of kinetic and potential energy. For example, a moving car has kinetic energy. If you move the car up the hill, it has kinetic and potential energy.

b. Thermal Energy

Thermal or heat energy is the temperature difference between two systems. For example, a cup of hot coffee has thermal energy. Heat generates and has thermal energy with respect to the environment.

c. Chemical Energy

It generates from chemical reactions between atoms or molecules. For example, chemical energy in an electrochemical cell or battery.

d. Kinetic Energy

It is the energy of motion of a body. For example, when a child is swinging on a swing. No matter in which direction the swing is moving forward or backwards, the value of the kinetic energy will never be negative.

e. Potential Energy

It is the energy of an object’s position. For example: When a child swinging on a swing reaches the top of the arc, she reaches maximum potential energy. When she reaches the ground, its minimum (0).

Conservation of Energy

The law states that ‘In a closed system, i.e., a system that isolated from its surroundings, the total energy of the system is conserved’It means that energy can neither be created nor be destroyed. It can only transfer from one forms to the other. And the total energy of an isolated system remains constant if all forms of energy are taken into account.

Solved Example For You

Q. A loudspeaker converts:

a. Electrical into sound energy          c. Mechanical into sound energy

b. Sound into electrical energy          d. Sound into mechanical energy

Sol: a. Electrical into sound energy

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