Unit 6: Work and Energy
Energy is the capacity of a physical system to perform work. It plays an essential role both in everyday events and in scientific phenomena. You can probably 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. Not only does energy have many interesting forms, but it is involved in almost all phenomena and is one of the most important concepts of physics.
Energy can change forms, but it cannot appear from nothing or disappear without a trace. Thus, energy is one of a handful of physical quantities that we say is conserved.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 14 hours.
6.1: Work and Kinetic Energy
6.2: Conservative Forces and Potential Energy
6.3: Conservation of Energy
Unit 6 Assessment