# energy

## si unit for energy

Because energy is the ability to do work, it is expressed in the same unit that is used for work. The SI unit for both work and energy is the joule (J), or Newton meter (N m). One joule is the amount of energy needed to apply a force of 1 Newton over a distance of 1 meter. For example, suppose the boy in the Figure 1.1 applies 20 Newtons of force to his tennis racket over a distance of 1 meter. The energy needed to do this work is 20 N m, or 20 J.

## energy has many forms

If you think about different sources of energysuch as batteries and the sunyou probably realize that energy can take different forms. For example, when the boy swings his tennis racket, the energy of the moving racket is an example of mechanical energy. To move his racket, the boy needs energy stored in food, which is an example of chemical energy. Other forms of energy include electrical, thermal, light, and sound energy. The different forms of energy can also be classified as either kinetic energy or potential energy. Kinetic energy is the energy of moving matter. Potential energy is energy that is stored in matter. Q: Is the chemical energy in food kinetic energy or potential energy? A: The chemical energy in food is potential energy. It is stored in the chemical bonds that make up food molecules. The stored energy is released when we digest food. Then we can use it for many purposes, such as moving (mechanical energy) or staying warm (thermal energy). Q: What is an example of kinetic energy? A: Anything that is moving has kinetic energy. An example is a moving tennis racket.

## defining energy

Energy is defined in science as the ability to move matter or change matter in some other way. Energy can also be defined as the ability to do work, which means using force to move an object over a distance. When work is done, energy is transferred from one object to another. For example, when the boy in the Figure 1.1 uses force to swing the racket, he transfers some of his energy to the racket. Q: It takes energy to play tennis. Where does this boy get his energy? A: He gets energy from the food he eats.

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## questions

when work is done, energy is transferred from one object to another.

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b. false
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the si unit for energy is the newton.

``````a. true

-->  b. false
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forms of energy include

``````a) chemical energy.

b) mechanical energy.

c) thermal energy.

-->  d) all of the above
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anything that is moving has kinetic energy.

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b. false
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when you run around a track, which type of energy are you demonstrating?

``````a) mechanical energy

b) potential energy

c) kinetic energy

-->  d) two of the above
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