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When a match stick strikes the surface of the matchbox, which form of energy causes it to ignite into a bright flame?


1. Potential energy
2. Kinetic energy
3. Chemical energy
4. Wind energy

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : Chemical energy

The correct answer is Chemical energy.

  • When a match stick strikes the surface of the matchbox, chemical energy causes it to ignite into a bright flame.
  • When a match is struck, friction creates heat and a flammable compound that ignites in the air.
  • In modern matches, the two flammable compounds most often used are sulfur and red phosphorus.

Energy Description
Potential energy It is the energy held by an object because of its position relative to other objects, stresses within itself, its electric charge, or other factors.
Kinetic energy It is the energy that it possesses due to its motion.
Wind energy

Wind energy (or wind power) describes the process by which wind is used to generate electricity. 

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