HS-PS3.D Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life

  • Although energy cannot be destroyed, it can be converted to less useful forms – for example, to thermal energy in the surrounding environment. (HS-PS3-3), (HS-PS3-4)
  • Solar cells are human-made devices that likewise capture the sun’s energy and produce electrical energy. (secondary to HS-PS4-5)
  • The main way that solar energy is captured and stored on Earth is through the complex chemical process known as photosynthesis. (secondary to HS-LS2-5)
  • Nuclear Fusion processes in the center of the sun release the energy that ultimately reaches Earth as radiation. (secondary to HS-ESS1-1)