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Dalia Hassan Dalia Hassan 995 Points

I have two questions about energy transform and energy transfer. The first question: Are these definitions  for energy transfer and transform correct? Energy transformation'conversion' is the change of energy from one form to another form.  For example: When a rock rolls downhill, the potential energy of the rock is transformed or changed into kinetic energy. When a horse runs, the chemical energy stored in its body is transformed or changed into kinetic energy. Energy transferring is the transfer of energy from place to place by sound, light, heat or electric current. For example: Heat energy is transferred by conduction when a warmer object is in contact with a cooler one. Energy can be transferred also when billiard balls hit each other. My second question: Can we use the expression 'energy transfer' instead of 'energy transform' when we are talking about energy change'conversion' from one form into another form? [color=#222222][size=2][font=arial, sans-serif] Thanks,[/font][/size][/color]

Hannah Endicott Hannah Endicott 565 Points

I think these are good questions. I personally would not agree with the transfer/transformation because they do not mean the same thing, but these are wonderful questions to ask the kids! :)

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