5. Potential and Kinetic Energy

Is Radiant Energy Potential or Kinetic?

Radiant energy is a form of kinetic energy that’s created when electromagnetic waves travel through space. It might surprise you to learn that the sun is one of the biggest sources of radiant energy on our planet.

Remember that warm feeling you get once you step out of the sun? It’s the sun’s radiant energy that touches our skin. More precisely, the electromagnetic waves make our skin’s molecules move faster, which, in turn, creates kinetic energy.

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