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Energy and Motion . Energy. Energy. The ability to do work or cause change. Two forms of energy: kinetic and potential Kinetic Energy = Energy of Motion Potential Energy = Stored energy, due to position or shape of the object. . Potential Energy. Potential to do work

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Energy and Motion



The ability to do work or cause change.

  • Two forms of energy: kinetic and potential

  • Kinetic Energy = Energy of Motion

  • Potential Energy = Stored energy, due to position or shape of the object.

Potential Energy

  • Potential to do work

  • Energy that can be transformed for later use

  • Elastic potential energy- potential energy associated with objects that can be stretched or compressed

  • Gravitational Potential Energy- potential energy that depends on the height of the object.

Forms of Energy

Potential and Kinetic energy come in many forms:

  • Mechanical- P/K- motion or position, ex. Frog


  • Thermal- P+K- total energy of particles

  • Chemical- P-stored in chemical bonds of chemicals, cells, a match to light a candle, etc.

Forms of Energy cont.

  • Electrical- K- moving electric charge batteries,

    lights, computers, etc.

  • Electromagnetic- K- energy that travels in waves- ex. Visible light

  • Nuclear- P- stored in the nucleus of an atom. Ex. Nuclear power.

Energy Transformations

  • Energy transformation or energy conversion- the change from one form of energy to another.

  • Most forms of energy can be converted into other forms.

  • Examples:

    • Mechanical of moving water to electrical energy (electricity)

    • Toaster- electrical to thermal (heat)

    • Motor- electrical energy to mechanical (moving parts of a machine)

    • Chemical energy in food to mechanical (muscle movement) thermal energy (heat) in your body

Energy Transformations

  • Typically several conversions are required to finish a task.

  • Examples of Potential to Kinetic Energy and Visa Versa: Juggling, Waterfall, Pole Vault, Pendulum, Sliding down a slide, a rock falling off a cliff etc.


    What conversion takes place when an electric lamp is turned on?

Energy Transformations

Problem 1: A student is investigating potential and

kinetic energy by stretching a spring across

a table. When the student lets go, the

spring recoils. At which time is potential

energy in the spring being converted into

kinetic energy in this system?

A.when the spring is stretching

B.when the spring is fully stretched

C.when the spring is recoiling

D.when the spring is fully recoiled

Energy Transformations

Problem 2:The diagram below shows some positions in the path of pendulum swinging from a fixed point called a fulcrum. The pendulum is raised to the start position and released. At which two numbered positions is the potential energy of the pendulum most likely the same?

A.position 1 and position 3 B.position 1 and position 4

C.position 2 and position 3

D.position 2 and position 4


What is Motion?

An object is in motion when its distance from another object is changing.

An object is in motion if it changes position relative to a reference point.

Change in Distance or Direction

indicates motion


The rate of change in position, OR how fast something moves.


Speed = Distance


Different kinds of Speed: Constant Speed, Average Speed and Instantaneous Speed.

What is the difference between SPEED and VELOCITY???



Velocity = Distance



What is the speed of a plane that traveled 3,500 miles from Boston to California in 7.0 hours?

What is its velocity?

Changing the Equation for Speed

Speed = Distance


Distance = Speed x Time

Time = Distance



It took 4.5 hours for a train to travel the distance between two cities at a velocity of 110 miles/hr. How many miles lie between the two cities?

Graphing Speed

Distance-Time Graphs

What is the slope of A?

What is the slope of B?

How does C compare to A?

What does D represent?

Slope = Y2-Y1


The slope on a distance-time graph shows:






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