Energy Forms Nuclear Energy Energy locked within the nucleus of an atom. It is the force that binds the nucleus of an atom together. The energy can be released when atoms are combined (fusion) or split apart (fission). Radiant Energy Also called light energy. But light is not the only kind of radiant energy. –Radio waves –UV waves –X-rays –Microwaves, etc. Chemical Energy Stored in bonds between atoms of food, wood, coal, and other fuels. Plants convert light energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis. Stored Mechanical Energy Energy stored in objects by the application of a force. Compressed springs and stretched rubber bands are examples. Electrical Energy Energy of moving electrons Produced when electrons are forced to move from atom to atom Thermal Energy AKA heat energy Produced by moving or vibrating molecules. Faster molecules = hotter object = more thermal energy. Motion Energy You may see this as mechanical energy It’s the movement of an object or substance from one place to another. Law of Conservation of Energy States that energy is neither created nor destroyed. When we use energy, it doesn’t disappear… We change it from one form into another.