Different Types of Energy Essay

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There are many forms of energy. The types of energy that can affect the toy car are potential energy, kinetic energy, and work of friction. Potential is the energy of an object due to its position. Kinetic energy is the energy due to motion. Friction plays a part because it shows how much energy is needed for the car to move. All these energies are intertwined in the toy car. Potential energy is the energy that is stored in the toy car. When an object is not moving the object has a mass potential of energy. There are also different types of potential energy i.e.: elastic, gravitational, hydroelectric, and chemical (Demlin, 2000-2007). The type of potential energy that affected the toy car was gravitational potential
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Friction allows the car’s wheels to spin across the floor without just sliding across the floor. Friction is also present in the gear box of the toy car. Friction is present because the gears have to rotate against each other in order for the toy car to obtain potential energy. The toy car only produces rolling friction, which is present when the wheels rotate against the floor. Rolling also appears in the gearbox. Friction while not energy affects the energy in the toy car in two ways. Friction causes kinetic energy to be lost while the car is moving. Kinetic energy is lost when the wheels rotate against the floor because the wheels are using kinetic energy to move. The energy is then lost when because of rolling friction heat is produced. In a shorter sense the wheels because of friction convert some of the kinetic energy into thermal energy (heat). Energy is also lost when the gears in the gear box rotate against each other. Some energy would be lost because of the friction of the gears some potential energy would be converted to thermal energy affect making less potential energy available. While friction causes a loss to energy, rolling friction allows less work to be able to overcome friction (“About Friction”, 2003). Friction while not energy plays a part in both energies that affect the toy car. The toy has uses two main energies, Kinetic and Potential. Potential energy is made by the pulling back of the car. Kinetic is made when after the car is
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