6th Grade Science

How Many Types of Energy Are There?

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Types of Energy is a brief video clip that describes the different types of energy that we discuss in class.

  1. Nuclear energy
  2. Thermal (heat) energy
  3. Radiant energy (includes electromagnetic spectrum: light, infrared, ultraviolet, microwaves, etc…)
  4. Sound energy
  5. Electrical (and magnetism) energy
  6. Gravitational potential energy
  7. Motion energy
  8. Chemical energy
  9. Elastic energy (referred to as stored mechanical energy)

Energy has two basic forms: potential (stored energy) and kinetic (objects in motion). However, there are several types of energy, which are listed above.


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