5. Potential and Kinetic Energy

Is Sound Energy Potential or Kinetic?

Just like electrical energy, sound energy can be a type of potential energy as well as kinetic energy. But before getting into specifics, let’s understand what sound energy is. 

 Sound energy refers to the energy released by vibrating objects. Sound, though, is a wave that travels through a medium, such as air, which allows it to store kinetic energy and potential energy.

For instance, when you play the drums, they vibrate as a result of sound waves being emitted. These waves oscillate and travel, creating kinetic energy. But when the drums are left untouched, they have more potential energy since the equipment is not in motion and has the potential to make a sound. 

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