Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321809246
ISBN 13: 978-0-32180-924-7

Chapter 1 - Sections 1.1-1.8 - Exercises - Review Questions: 19

Answer

Chemical energy is potential energy. Elevated weight is similar to gasoline in that the molecules in gasoline have a high potential energy.

Work Step by Step

The elevated weight is similar to a tank of gasoline when the molecules in gas have a high potential energy, much like a weight that could fall. They can both undergo changes which will lower the potential energy that can be released and used for doing some form of work.
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