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− | <onlyinclude>A '''joule''' is the [[SI]] base unit for [[energy]]. It is equal to <math>1 \frac{kgm^2}{s^2}</math>.<ref>APS Physics. (2015). Energy Units [Online]. Available: http://www.aps.org/policy/reports/popa-reports/energy/units.cfm [February 20, 2015].</ref></onlyinclude> In physical terms, lifting an apple one [[ | + | <onlyinclude>A '''joule''' is the [[SI]] base unit for [[energy]]. It is equal to <math>1 \frac{kgm^2}{s^2}</math>.<ref>APS Physics. (2015). Energy Units [Online]. Available: http://www.aps.org/policy/reports/popa-reports/energy/units.cfm [February 20, 2015].</ref></onlyinclude> In physical terms, lifting an apple one [[metre]] takes 1 joule of energy. This should not be confused with a [[watt]] which is a [[units|unit]] of [[power]] and a rate of how fast energy is used. |

− | While the joule is the [[SI]] base unit for energy, when speaking in real-world terms, we often use the [[kilowatt-hour]] ( | + | While the joule is the [[SI]] base unit for energy, when speaking in real-world terms, we often use the [[kilowatt-hour]] (kWh) instead. This is due to the fact that a joule is an extremely small amount of energy. To put how small a joule is into perspective, a [[litre]] of [[gasoline]] has 31,536,000 joules of energy in it. A kilowatt-hour is equal to 3,600,000 joules. Therefore, a liter of gasoline has 8.76 kW/hr of energy in it, which is a much more manageable number. |

==Conversions== | ==Conversions== |

A **joule** is the SI base unit for energy. It is equal to [math]1 \frac{kgm^2}{s^2}[/math].^{[1]} In physical terms, lifting an apple one metre takes 1 joule of energy. This should not be confused with a watt which is a unit of power and a rate of how fast energy is used.

While the joule is the SI base unit for energy, when speaking in real-world terms, we often use the kilowatt-hour (kWh) instead. This is due to the fact that a joule is an extremely small amount of energy. To put how small a joule is into perspective, a litre of gasoline has 31,536,000 joules of energy in it. A kilowatt-hour is equal to 3,600,000 joules. Therefore, a liter of gasoline has 8.76 kW/hr of energy in it, which is a much more manageable number.

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- ↑ APS Physics. (2015). Energy Units [Online]. Available: http://www.aps.org/policy/reports/popa-reports/energy/units.cfm [February 20, 2015].

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