Understanding the Concept of Energy

Energy is a variety of potential energy. It may exist in, electrical, atomic, chemical, or various other’s forms. There are many types of energy, in fact, the entire universe has its share of energy as well. Thus, the amount of energy available to us depends largely on the type of energy we are dealing with. After it is transferred, energy is normally designated as either kinetic energy or potential energy, depending on its nature.

Types of Energy


Kinetic energy is energy that comes from motion. If you have a spring that is moving, then it has kinetic energy. In the same way, when you press on a spring you make the spring move, and the energy you have spent in transferring it is termed as kinetic energy. Potential energy on the other hand is energy that is formed when an object’s potential energy is realized. Here, if you find an object that has no usable energy, but it is still considered to be nonrenewable, then this would also be considered as a form of energy.

The study of energy is based on thermodynamics, which is a branch of chemistry. Thermodynamics deals with the study of energy exchange processes that take place between bodies at temperatures. This involves complicated calculations and uses complex energy transfer mechanisms. Thus, it is imperative that a proper understanding of mechanics must be acquired for the purposes of energy management.

Nuclear Physics deals with particles that have nuclear stability. Since nuclear matter is highly radioactive, the study of nuclear physics is used extensively in the fields of energy and thermodynamics. The study of nuclear energy basically deals with the properties of atoms and thus to create energy, nuclear particles are put together in various combinations and fission reactions are caused. Thus, the study of nuclear physics is used to create nuclear energy for various industries.


Forms of Energy


Chemical Physics deals with different forms of energy. In the study of chemical energy, one finds that there are five distinct types, which are chemical energy, kinetic energy, chemical bonding energy, free energy and inertial energy. It has also been found out that each form has a unique cause and effect that determines how it exists in a real world environment. Chemical reactions produce energy, which can be converted into mechanical energy, electrical energy or chemical energy through the process of transformation.

Another branch that deals with the study of renewable energy is known as Green Energy. The concepts of renewable energy are derived from the theories of classical physics and include such notions like perpetual motion, the use of wind and sun power and other geothermal resources. However, there is a problem with the conversion of chemical energy into nonrenewable form of energy due to its slow rate of conversion. It has been found out that it would take billions of years for chemical energy to completely run out.

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