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Type of energyDescription
Mechanical
The sum of macroscopic translational and rotational kinetic and potential energies
Electric
Potential energy due to or stored in electric fields
Magnetic
Potential energy due to or stored in magnetic fields
Gravitational
Potential energy due to or stored in gravitational fields
Chemical
Potential energy due to chemical bonds
Ionization
Potential energy that binds an electron to its atom or molecule
Nuclear
Potential energy that binds nucleons to form the atomic nucleus (and nuclear reactions)
Chromodynamic
Potential energy that binds quarks to form hadrons
Elastic
Potential energy due to the deformation of a material (or its container) exhibiting a restorative force
Mechanical wave
Kinetic and potential energy in an elastic material due to a propagated deformational wave
Sound wave
Kinetic and potential energy in a fluid due to a sound propagated wave (a particular form of mechanical wave)
Radiant
Potential energy stored in the fields of propagated by electromagnetic radiation, including light
Rest
Potential energy due to an object’s rest mass
Thermal
Kinetic energy of the microscopic motion of particles, a form of disordered equivalent of mechanical energy