Chemical Energy Facts

Chemical Energy Facts
The energy that results during a chemical reaction is called chemical energy. It is a type of potential energy. Chemical energy is stored within the bonds of the atoms and molecules that make up a substance. Once chemical energy is released from a substance, the substance is transformed into a new substance.
Interesting Chemical Energy Facts:
Chemical energy is stored inside a substance or object until it is involved in a chemical reaction.
Our bodies use chemical energy to perform daily functions.
During an exothermic chemical reaction, chemical energy in the form of heat is released.
Plants perform a chemical reaction each time they use sunlight to make their own food during photosynthesis.
Cooking is a good example of a chemical reaction that releases chemical energy.
There are six basic types of chemical reactions: combustion, synthesis, single displacement, decomposition, double displacement, and acid-base.
During combustion, chemical energy in the form of heat is released when oxygen combines with other substances to form water and carbon dioxide.
When two simple substances combine to make a more complex substance during a chemical reaction it is called synthesis.
Single displacement is a chemical reaction in which some atoms from one substance are transferred to another substance.
When a complex substance breaks down into simpler substances during a chemical reaction, decomposition has occurred.
Double displacement occurs when the atoms in one substance are exchanged with atoms of another substance during a chemical reaction.
Acid-base is a double replacement chemical reaction that involves acids and bases.
Chemical energy is used to make electricity when fossil fuels are burned.
Batteries and explosives are other examples of objects that contain stored chemical energy.
During the process of digestion, chemical energy is released when food is broken down.

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