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Homework Help: What type of energy is

  1. Jan 10, 2009 #1
    What type of energy is associted with an object's interaction with the environment?
    Is it potential, kinetic, nonmechanical, or mechanical?
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  3. Jan 10, 2009 #2


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    What do you think? Post your thoughts, we'll help.
  4. Jan 10, 2009 #3
    I was leaning towards potential, because the kinetic deals with motion, nonmechanical has to do with chemicals, heat, electricity, ect., and mechanical = kinetic + potential.
  5. Jan 10, 2009 #4


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    Have you considered "all of them"?
  6. Jan 10, 2009 #5
    It's multiple choice question.
  7. Jan 10, 2009 #6


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    I'm so sorry it is just multiple choice. Think anyway, even if you don't have to think to get the questions - thinking is good.

    I'm thinking about an apple falling from a tree. It's energy is changing. The kind of energy it has is related to the kind of force acting on it, so I would call it gravitational energy. In other situations, different forces act and you get some other kind of energy. Some of the kinds you list in the question are combos - better look up what each includes.
  8. Jan 11, 2009 #7
    Yeah it's potential. Thanks!
  9. Jan 11, 2009 #8


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    Well that's one way...
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