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Kinetic & Potential Energy
What will we be learning today?

  • In this lesson, we are going to learn all about kinetic and potential energy.

Kinetic and Potential Energy

  • Look at the toy car in the diagram (on the next slide). Electrical energy is being used by the headlights. Electrons are being produced by the battery and are moved through a circuit. When something moves, its energy is called kinetic energy. Electrical energy is an example of kinetic energy. Any object that is in motion has kinetic energy.

  • When the headlights are turned off, the battery stops working. Electrons stop moving, and no new electrons are produced. No energy is being used. However, energy is stored in the chemicals in the battery. This energy is waiting to be used. We refer to stored energy as potential energy. Chemical energy is an example of potential energy.

    • Matter always has at least one of these energy forms.

    Let's Review What We Learned Today!

    • Now watch movies "Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy"

    • Then complete your worksheet!