What can be described as the ability to do work or cause change?

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The ability to do work or cause change is called energy. Energy comes from many sources, and is found in two main forms. One form, potential energy, is energy that has the potential, in an object at rest, to do work later. An example of this would be a car...

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The ability to do work or cause change is called energy. Energy comes from many sources, and is found in two main forms. One form, potential energy, is energy that has the potential, in an object at rest, to do work later. An example of this would be a car parked at the top of a hill with its brakes on. While sitting still the car has potential to move because of gravity. Another form, kinetic energy, is the energy of motion and is acting on an object. In the earlier car example, once the break is removed and the car begins rolling down hill the previous potential energy is converted to kinetic energy. These two forms of energy come from many sources and are what makes daily life possible. Hope this helps!

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