Forms of Energy Project

There are 5 main forms of energy: mechanical, thermal, chemical, electromagnetic, & nuclear. Below are the definitions and examples for each form of energy:



Mechanical – energy associated with the motion or position of large objects.

Examples: gravity, sound, springs



Thermal – energy associated with the motion or position of atoms and molecules.
Examples: heat, wind, convection



Chemical – energy associated with changing the structure and composition of atoms and molecules.
Examples: atomic bonding, chemical reactions, physical and chemical changes



Electromagnetic – energy associated with the interactions between electrons and protons.
Examples: electricity, magnetism, light



Nuclear – energy associated with the motion or position of the nucleus.

Examples: nuclear binding, nuclear decay, radioactivity




Part 1: Decision and Research



You must choose one form of energy to become an expert on from the list above. After deciding please do the following:


1. Research It – research and write one full paragraph about the form of energy you have chosen. You are welcome to use the “What is Energy?” document you read in class. Other web sites which may assist with your research are given below. You are welcome to use other web sites of your own finding.





2. Apply It - research and write one full paragraph about an application of your form of energy. That is, what is one useful way your form of energy is used? For example, an application of nuclear energy is a nuclear power plant.

3. Picture It - on the Internet find at least 2 pictures that pertain to your element. They should relate to the research you have done in parts 1 and 2 above. Save them in your science folder and give them a name that starts with your initials, such as elh_chemenergy.jpg.

4. Model It - create a Play-Doh model of your form of energy. You will have to decide how to best model your form of energy. Take a picture of your creation, download it and save it in your science folder. Once again, give it a name that starts with your initials, e.g. elh_mechanicalmodel.jpg.



5. Experiment – perform a small experiment related to your form of energy. Equipment for each form of energy will be set out by your instructor. Some ideas for how you can experiment with each form of energy will also be given. However, you should feel free to design and conduct your own experiment as long as it relates well to the form of energy you have chosen. At the conclusion of your experiment write an abstract about what you have done. Recall, an abstract is a summary of a scientific experiment that is between 150 - 250 words. Yours should 1) state the purpose of the experiment, 2) include the method employed, and 3) the explain the results.





Part 2: Posting and Arranging



All students will post their forms of energy information on an individual Wikispace. The link to the main page of the Wikispace is given below. In class, your instructor will have you join the page so you can enter and edit information. You will need to upload all of your photos before you can insert them. You should only place information on the page with your name.



Your final job is arranging information about your project in a logical and visually appealing format. The goal is to make the page informative and easy to view for your peers.


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