Energy Conversion and Conservation. After the Lesson:. You will be able to identify and describe conversions from one type of energy to another. You will be able state the law of conservation of energy. Definition of Energy Conversion. The change from one form of energy to another.
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The change from one form of energy to another.
Forms of Energy
The fact that friction converts mechanical energy to thermal energy should not surprise you. After all, you take advantage of such thermal energy when you rub your cold hands together to warm them up. The fact that mechanical energy is converted to thermal energy because of friction explains why no machine is 100 percent efficient. Now you know that mechanical energy is converted to thermal energy in a machine.