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Forms of Energy
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Energy is power - usable power. However, energy is not just the ability of a person to move and work and play. Every time anything moves - the wind, water, cars, clocks, animals, and more - energy is what makes it happen!
 
2     It takes energy for your remote control cars, karaoke machines, video games, and computers to work. It takes energy for people, plants, and animals to grow. It takes energy to cook a meal or read a book! As you might by now suspect, there is more than one form of energy.
 
3     First of all, energy comes in two forms: potential energy and kinetic energy. Potential energy is energy that is waiting to be used, such as when you are playing freeze tag and cannot run again until someone tags you. Batteries in a package waiting to be taken home and inserted in a game can be considered as potential energy. Kinetic energy is energy in action, such as the act of running away from "it" in your game of tag, or the playing of an electronic game that runs on batteries.
 
4     Here are some types of energy:
 
5     Electrical energy:  You probably thought of this one right away! Power lines are everywhere. Electricity is easy to move from one place to another using wire. It is produced by the movement of electrons. We use electrical energy to light and heat our homes, run our dishwashers and washing machines, cook our food, play our music, and more. Speaking of music ...

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