Potential energy is stored energy that has the potential to do work or cause a change. Kinetic energy is the energy of motion - it is the energy that objects have due to their movement. Both types of energy can be converted from one to the other.
Potential and Kinetic Energy
Potential Energy: The energy possessed by an object due to its position or condition. Kinetic Energy: Energy that an object possesses due to its motion. Conversion of Energy: The process of changing one form of energy into another.
Which type of energy do you think is more important for 6th graders to understand?
- Potential Energy
- Kinetic Energy
- Both are equally important
Potential energy can be found in many everyday items like a wind-up toy or a stretched rubber band. Kinetic energy is the reason why a person can jump higher after running. The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but only transformed from one form to another.
Draw / write: Draw an example of something with potential energy?
Draw / write: How does the energy of a moving object change when it collides with another object?
When a ball is released from rest, what type of energy does it have?
If you drop a ball from a certain height, what type of energy is the ball using to move?