This section provides knowledge and understanding of Energy, what it is and how it can be used by physicists, mathematicians and engineers.
The concept of energy emerged in the 19th century. The idea was used to explain the work output of steam engines and then generalised to understand other heat engines. It also became a key tool for understanding chemical reactions and biological systems. Limits to the use of fossil fuels and global warming are critical problems for this century. Physicists and engineers are working hard to identify ways to reduce our energy usage.
The different areas of this topic are outlined here;
- Energy types
- Energy changes and storage
- Gravitational potential energy
- Kinetic energy
- Elastic potential energy
- How energy can be stored
- Specific heat capacity
- Work done
- Power rating
- Conservation and dissipation of energy
- Energy efficiency
- Energy resources
Please remember that you started your GCSEs in year 9 and also learnt material in years 7 and 8 which led into this topic.