Mechanical Energy Teacher Resources
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Ramp and Review
Learners participate in an activity in which they observe a ball as it rolls down an incline into a cup. They take measurements and use equations that describe the concepts of mechanical energy, work and power, momentum, and friction. They calculate unknown variables regarding these concepts.
High schoolers are able to explain that energy cannot be created or destroyed but only changed from one form into another. They discuss the meaning of the term energy and students are asked to give examples of different forms of energy that exist. High schoolers are able to define the terms potential energy and kinetic energy.
Seventh graders explore about energy transformations and trace them in a simple closed system. They build energy "chains" of their own design. Pupils complete a hands-on project where they attach the "links" in a "chain" connecting a battery (chemical energy), wires (electrical energy), and a small motor (mechanical energy), and then add additional "links" of their choices. Students complete a flowchart tracing the energy transformations in the finished project.
New! Generating Ideas for Electricity Generation
Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, but many energy sources are damaging the environment. Young engineers read about innovations in alternative energy sources, then work in groups to design and build a model of a system to generate energy. Each group presents its design to the class. The lesson plan finishes with everyone discussing the importance of renewable energy resources.
Puttin' It All Together
Young scholars explain the concepts of kinetic and potential energy and how it can change forms. In this energy, motion, and frictional forces instructional activity students participate in a hands on activity that includes calculating energy.
In this potential energy worksheet, students determine the potential energy of objects, calculate the work due to conservative forces and the conservation of mechanical energy. This worksheet has 7 problems to solve.
Students create and test circuits. In this electrical circuits lesson, students use various materials to create a circuit that will light Christmas lights, then alter the circuit to solve circuitry problems.
Wow! Colorful and simple, these 160 slides introduce the various forms of energy, along with a relevant image. Some of the images are animations, which help beginning physical scientists to visualize the flow of electrons or energy! This PowerPoint would be great to bring energy concepts to your class, including transformation of energy, energy transfer, and the law of conservation of energy. Use some or all of the slides to your liking!
Energy At Play
If you can find Tinker Toys™, then this may be a fun assignment for your physical science class. Using the construction set and a few other toys, they examine the forces involved when it they are being played with. For each, they determine how potential energy is stored, when kinetic energy is in action, and how energy is transferred. The instructional activity is long and materials heavy, but if you prepare a kit with the materials, you can use it over and over again to help you teach energy.
Changing Forms of Energy
Eighth graders discuss how energy transforms from one form to another. In this physics lesson, 8th graders explore different lab station set up and explain how each materials convert energy. They list common objects that use energy to operate.
Students drop water from different heights to demonstrate the conversion of water's potential energy to kinetic energy. They see how varying the height from which water is dropped affects the splash size. In seeing how falling water can be used to do work, they also learn how this energy transformation figures into the engineering design and construction of hydroelectric power plants, dams and reservoirs.
Students experiment with simple circuits, conductors and non-conductors and chemical batteries. They use a mechanical and a solar battery to light a bulb in this series of activities.
Students observe a demonstration presented by the teacher covering different types of energy. They participate in an experiment where they study numerous physics vocabulary words and visit websites that demonstrate examples of these specific vocabulary words.
Students design and build a device to protect and accurately deliver a dropped egg. They review and study a number of vocabulary words that are associated with this lesson. They work in a small group in order to develop a successful design.
Qualitative Examples of Conservation of Mechanical Energy
Instructions for series of six activites, a reading of scientific literature, and a choice of six assessments await you in this physics resource. Well-written plans guide you in guiding your pupils to experiment with levers, pulleys, rolling marbles, springs, and more. They will learn that energy is conserved, transferred into other forms, and how to put it to use in practical terms. Mathematical equations are employed in each activity, making these lessons most appropriate for high school physics.
Work, Energy, Power, and Machines
Students differentiate potential and kinetic energy. In this physics lesson, students investigate how work is done by simple machines. They calculate ideal and actual mechanical advantages.
TE Lesson: Kinetic and Potential Energy of Motion
Middle schoolers investigate the difference between potential and kinetic energy. They examine the formulae associated with both types of energy. They complete how quickly a pendulum with swing by converting potential energy into kinetic energy.
Conversion of Energy Into Different Forms
Students study energy conversion and the forms energy may take. In this energy conversion lesson, students study energy conversions in flash paper, rubber bands, mechanical cranks, and a radiometer.
Seventh graders study energy transformations and trace a simple closed system. In this energy chains lesson students build energy chains and complete a project.
All Steamed Up
Students examine the energy conversions and simple machines are involved in the operation of a steam engine. They make a replica of a small steam engine.