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Recall Energy Stores

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

If you drop a hammer and a feather on the moon, what'll happen? If you drink tea that is too hot, what'll happen? If you stand in front of a jet engine while it's running, what'll happen? All these questions have one thing in common – they all involve energy moving from one store to another.

This is what we'll be looking at – how energy moves from store to store. By the end of the activity, you should be able to name the common energy stores and describe situations where energy is changing from one store to another.

 

So, let’s dive in!

 

What is energy?

Put simply – energy is the potential for something to do work. If you have energy stored, then you can move, or heat up, or make sound, or anything else. But, you need the energy stored in a particular store first.

 

What are the energy stores?

This is just a name we give to the way that energy is stored in different situations. Below, are listed all of the stores of energy you'll be expected to know and an example of a situation that you would find that store of energy.

 

 

 Name of energy store.   What it is.   An example of where you would find it. 
 KINETIC  Energy stored in movement  Throwing a pen at your sister - the pen stores energy as kinetic. It gained this energy from the store of chemical energy in your muscles. 
 SOUND  Energy stored in sounds.  The yelp from your sister when she gets hit by the pen, and the clank of the pen when it hits the floor. This energy has come from the kinetic energy stored by the pen when it was moving and then it is stored as sound when before the sound hits your ears. 
 GRAVITATIONAL   Energy stored depending on the height above ground level  When the pen falls to the ground, its store of gravitational energy is going down (it is getting closer to the ground) and this store of energy is going into kinetic energy.  
 HEAT  Energy stored in heat.  When the pen hits the ground, it has to get rid of its kinetic energy - and it does this by vibrating the particles within the pen, storing energy as heat. Whenever something hits something and stops - heat is generated. 
 ELECTRICAL  Energy stored in the movement of electricity  When you get revenge on your brother by giving him a clicky pen with an electric shock in it. The store of electrical energy passes from the pen into your brother giving him a shock. 
 LIGHT  Energy stored as the movement of photons (more on this in the waves topic)  As the electricity sparks through the air, some of the energy moves to give off light. This light energy then gets passed into your eyes so you can see it. 
 CHEMICAL  Energy stored in chemical bonds (more on this in the endothermic and exothermic reactions activity).  This is how energy is stored in your body as something called ATP (more on this in the respiration worksheet). It as the ATP is used, then energy is changed into sound energy of you laughing at your brother. 
 NUCLEAR  Energy stored in the nucleus of an atom (more on this in the atoms and particles topic)  In a final act of revenge, your brother then sets off a nuclear bomb (okay... a bit dramatic). The energy is stored in the nucleus of the atom and releases once a nuclear reaction happens as light and heat. 

 

 

Got it? We're now going to look at some situations and you're going to identify the energy that is being stored initially and then what energy it will be transferred into. 

 

For these first few questions, you're just going to identify what the store of energy is in each of these situations. 

 

You're at the top of Oblivion at Alton Towers about to fall down. What store of energy do you have? 

 

Roller coaster at a theme park

Elastic

Electrical

Gravitational

Kinetic

Heat

Here's another.  Can you identify what the store of energy is in the situations below? 

 

Red Sports Car

 

You are going for a test drive in a Ferrari and they take you onto the motorway. What is the main store of energy you have? 

Sound

Light

Heat

Kinetic

Nuclear

Elastic

What's the store of energy in the situation below? 

 

You are sat on your phone watching YouTube. What are the stores of energy being given off? 

Light

Sound

Heat

Kinetic

Gravitational

Chemical

Nuclear

Elastic

Identify what the store of energy is in this next situation. 

 

You are going for a casual bungee jump on a Saturday afternoon. For this question tick two boxes. 

 

Bungee Jumpers

 

 

When you jump (apart from being terrified) what energy store is going down?

When the bungee tightens, what energy store is increasing?  

Heat

Sound

Light

Kinetic

Elastic

Nuclear

Chemical

Gravitational

In these questions, we want you to identify the initial store of energy in the left-hand column and how that energy has been released in the right-hand column.

 

Dropping a cup so that it hits the floor and smashes. 

 

Mug of coffee

 LightHeatSoundKineticNuclearGravitationalElasticChemical
Before the cup is dropped
After the cup has been dropped

Complete this sentence:

 

Energy is the ability for an object to do...

Identify all of the final energy forms in this closed system. 

 

Someone switching on a switch that turns on a light bulb.

 

Heat

Sound

Electrical

Light

Chemical

Nuclear

Elastic

Gravitational

A generator in a power station uses fuel and burns it to heat water. This water turns into steam and spins a turbine which is connected to a generator. The generator is a set of magnets that spin in a coil of wires to drive a current. This is how most of the non-renewable energy we use in our home is created. 

 

Read the above passage and identify all of the energy stores. Write the term on its own, for example ... nuclear

Identify all the energy stores in this situation. 

 

Crashing a car into a wall. 

Kinetic

Gravitational

Chemical

Heat

Sound

Light

Electrical

Elastic

Wasted energy happens when a new energy store is created which was not intended. For example, a fire has no wasted energy as it gives off both light and heat which are used by people.

 

A light bulb also gives off light and heat, but it is not designed to give off heat (you wouldn't try to heat your room with one) and so the heat is wasted in this situation. 

 

What are the wasted energies in this transfer? 

A computer takes in electrical energy and gives off light, heat, sound and electrical energy. 

 

Computer and accessories

Light

Heat

Sound

Electrical

  • Question 1

For these first few questions, you're just going to identify what the store of energy is in each of these situations. 

 

You're at the top of Oblivion at Alton Towers about to fall down. What store of energy do you have? 

 

Roller coaster at a theme park

CORRECT ANSWER
Gravitational
EDDIE SAYS
When things move up and down - they gain and lose gravitational energy. If you think about it, it takes a lot of effort to walk up and down a hill - this is because of the extra energy you are putting into gravitational energy. When the roller coaster falls down the vertical drop, the stored gravitational energy will become stored in kinetic energy.
  • Question 2

Here's another.  Can you identify what the store of energy is in the situations below? 

 

Red Sports Car

 

You are going for a test drive in a Ferrari and they take you onto the motorway. What is the main store of energy you have? 

CORRECT ANSWER
Kinetic
EDDIE SAYS
When you are driving a car, there are lots of different energy transfers happening - but the main energy will be stored as kinetic energy. This is because it takes a lot of energy to get (and keep) something moving. The sound, light and heat that are given off by the car all add up to less than the kinetic energy.
  • Question 3

What's the store of energy in the situation below? 

 

You are sat on your phone watching YouTube. What are the stores of energy being given off? 

CORRECT ANSWER
Light
Sound
Heat
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot it? Where it said about ticking all of the boxes that apply? That is a trick they use in exams - word in BOLD will gain you marks, you must pay attention to them. So, your phone will be giving off light from the screen, the sound from the speakers and it will give off heat as well. Depending on how much work your phone is doing, more or less heat will be given off.
  • Question 4

Identify what the store of energy is in this next situation. 

 

You are going for a casual bungee jump on a Saturday afternoon. For this question tick two boxes. 

 

Bungee Jumpers

 

 

When you jump (apart from being terrified) what energy store is going down?

When the bungee tightens, what energy store is increasing?  

CORRECT ANSWER
Elastic
Gravitational
EDDIE SAYS
Okay - a nice two-part, huh? Exams do this as well - ask two or more questions on the same topic. So, did you get it? Part 1 - You are moving up and down, so the energy store that is going down is gravitational. In this case, it's turning into a store of kinetic energy. Part 2 - The kinetic energy is then put into a store of elastic energy when the bungee tightens - so this energy is stored as elastic energy. Done!
  • Question 5

In these questions, we want you to identify the initial store of energy in the left-hand column and how that energy has been released in the right-hand column.

 

Dropping a cup so that it hits the floor and smashes. 

 

Mug of coffee

CORRECT ANSWER
 LightHeatSoundKineticNuclearGravitationalElasticChemical
Before the cup is dropped
After the cup has been dropped
EDDIE SAYS
When you are holding something up high, it is storing the energy as gravitational energy. This is because you have had to do work to get it up that high. When you let go of the cup, it starts to lose that gravitational energy as it flows from the gravitational store into the kinetic energy store. From there, it hits the ground and some of the kinetic energy gets converted into sound and heat. Think about what happens in real life - after all that is what physics is trying to describe to you.
  • Question 6

Complete this sentence:

 

Energy is the ability for an object to do...

CORRECT ANSWER
Work
EDDIE SAYS
In summary, work is the movement of things! Some examples are, picking up coffee cups, making sounds or bungee jumping. All of these activities take work to do. You will learn more about work in our Activity on power. So, in order for you to store energy, you need to do work.
  • Question 7

Identify all of the final energy forms in this closed system. 

 

Someone switching on a switch that turns on a light bulb.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Heat
Light
EDDIE SAYS
This question is designed to test you - there are a lot of words in the question which may confuse you. But, the only parts that matter are the parts that say 'final energy forms'. This tells us that you need to look for the energy stores that are being put out by the light. In all cases, it will be light and heat. Yes, light bulbs get hot!
  • Question 8

A generator in a power station uses fuel and burns it to heat water. This water turns into steam and spins a turbine which is connected to a generator. The generator is a set of magnets that spin in a coil of wires to drive a current. This is how most of the non-renewable energy we use in our home is created. 

 

Read the above passage and identify all of the energy stores. Write the term on its own, for example ... nuclear

CORRECT ANSWER
Chemical
Heat
Kinetic
Electrical
EDDIE SAYS
A few things here: 1 - You must start to refer to the stores of energy by their correct names. Electrical instead of electricity, kinetic instead of movement. Us scientists are quite particular about the words we use because a slight change in word can change the meaning of what you are trying to say. 2 - There was a lot of information in the first passage, but most of it was not relevant. When you are given question like this in an exam, look for the context and then look for the stuff that relates to that context. In this question, we are looking for energy transfers, so only read the important information about energy transfers. 3 - We are initially storing the energy as chemical in the fuel. When we burn the fuel we are changing that store of energy into heat (for more information on how this is done, see the endothermic and exothermic Activity). This heat then spins the turbine being transferred into kinetic and finally the turbines then spin the generator which creates the electrical energy.
  • Question 9

Identify all the energy stores in this situation. 

 

Crashing a car into a wall. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Kinetic
Heat
Sound
Elastic
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get elastic? That's the trickiest one to identify. We know that the energy stores in this situation are definitely kinetic, heat and sound but elastic is the 4th type. The metal will bend when you crash and then it will slightly spring back to its original shape. This is elastic, it is sorting the energy during the deformation and then springing back converting the stored energy back into kinetic energy.
  • Question 10

Wasted energy happens when a new energy store is created which was not intended. For example, a fire has no wasted energy as it gives off both light and heat which are used by people.

 

A light bulb also gives off light and heat, but it is not designed to give off heat (you wouldn't try to heat your room with one) and so the heat is wasted in this situation. 

 

What are the wasted energies in this transfer? 

A computer takes in electrical energy and gives off light, heat, sound and electrical energy. 

 

Computer and accessories

CORRECT ANSWER
Heat
Sound
EDDIE SAYS
Electrical energy is used by the computer to make sure that it can perform the functions that we want it. This is useful. Light energy is given off by the computer to display important information. Sound is wasted by the computer - we don't want to hear the fans, but we have to have them. Heat is also wasted as we don't want to have a hot computer as it's not a heater! We want our computer to be cool, so this is wasted energy. How did you do? Feeling more confident, and ready to do some more 'work'?
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