Lesson 1: What Is Energy?

Wrapping Up


Review the different forms of energy and the difference between kinetic and potential energy.

Questions to Discuss

  • What is the formula for determining an amount of work? (work= force × distance)
  • What are the different forms of energy? Can you provide an example of each one? (nuclear, radiant, mechanical, sound, chemical, thermal, and electrical)
  • What is the difference between kinetic and potential energy? (kinetic = energy in movement; potential = stored energy)

Things to Review

Review the definitions of energy, potential energy, and kinetic energy. Review the ways energy plays a role in our daily lives.

Special Notes

In the third lesson, your child needs to take a field trip to the local power plant. Begin arranging the field trip now. (Virtual options are also available.)