It is time to take on the role of a scientist. Do not look up the following information, just use your imagination. Do not concern yourself with being wrong or right.
Think of three examples of energy that you encounter in your life on a daily basis. Identify whether these are potential, kinetic, or heat energy, justifying your identification. For example, you might say that a book balanced on the corner of a table is potential energy because it contains energy that will be released if something causes the book to fall. Discuss how each of these types of energy is useful to us in our everyday or work lives.
Potential energy is mechanical or stored energy from an object that comes from factors such as its position relative to others, internal stress, electric charge or its condition rather than motion. This object has the capability of producing energy as these conditions change - this energy could be kinetic energy, chemical energy, radiant energy, thermal energy or sound energy.
Potential Kinetic Energy
A coiled spring
Wheels on roller skates before someone skates
An archer’s bow with the string pulled back
A raised weight
Water that is behind a dam
A snow pack (potential avalanche)
A quarterback’s arm before throwing a pass
A stretched rubber band
A car that is parked at the top of a hill
An unopened carbonated drink
A yoyo before it is released
River water at...