Work, Energy, and Power: An Introduction to Basic Energy Physics by Sarah AllenEnergy in physics explained in the traditional manner: with pirates, cupcakes, and stick figures.
If you are looking for a deep-dive on every detail of energy physics, then this is not the right book for you. If youre looking for a quick refresher, or an introduction to the basics, or are struggling in a physics class and want really clear, step-by-step explanations, then this is totally the book for you.
This is an introduction to the basic ideas in conservation of energy. It is intended for those who are new to the subject, or who are taking high school physics, AP physics, or an introductory, non-calculus based physics class.
It covers these topics:
Types of Energy
The Work-Kinetic Energy Theorem
Conservation of Energy
It also includes links to further resources at the end of every chapter- simulations, youtube videos, and interesting articles.
It is also available as part of the collection The Complete Stick Figure Physics Tutorials.
Introduction to energy
In physics , energy is the quantitative property that must be transferred to an object in order to perform work on, or to heat , the object. The SI unit of energy is the joule , which is the energy transferred to an object by the work of moving it a distance of 1 metre against a force of 1 newton. Common forms of energy include the kinetic energy of a moving object, the potential energy stored by an object's position in a force field gravitational , electric or magnetic , the elastic energy stored by stretching solid objects, the chemical energy released when a fuel burns , the radiant energy carried by light, and the thermal energy due to an object's temperature. Mass and energy are closely related. Due to mass—energy equivalence , any object that has mass when stationary called rest mass also has an equivalent amount of energy whose form is called rest energy , and any additional energy of any form acquired by the object above that rest energy will increase the object's total mass just as it increases its total energy. For example, after heating an object, its increase in energy could be measured as a small increase in mass, with a sensitive enough scale.
Last updated: May 21, T ry to think of something that doesn't involve energy and you won't get very far. Even thinking—even thinking about energy! In fact, everything that happens in the world uses energy of one kind or another. But what exactly is energy? Energy is a bit of a mystery.
Introduction to Work, Energy, and Energy Resources
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For the most part here we will be concerned with the study of mechanical energy. By this we mean that we will be considering the energy concepts associated with everyday, macroscopic, visible objects. We will not be looking at the energy of light waves or energy ideas regarding atoms to any great extent. Those topics are better covered after one has an understanding of mechanical energy and will be presented in the light and atom sections of Zona Land Education. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to visualize energy as an object or anything associated with a shape. Now, an object, say a baseball, may possess energy, and we can certainly picture that baseball. But the baseball is not the energy.
Figure 1. How many forms of energy can you identify in this photograph of a wind farm in Iowa? Energy plays an essential role both in everyday events and in scientific phenomena. You can no doubt name many forms of energy, from that provided by our foods, to the energy we use to run our cars, to the sunlight that warms us on the beach. You can also cite examples of what people call energy that may not be scientific, such as someone having an energetic personality. Not only does energy have many interesting forms, it is involved in almost all phenomena, and is one of the most important concepts of physics. What makes it even more important is that the total amount of energy in the universe is constant.