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- Carolyn M., 1st year teacher
- Aiken, SC
Mechanical Energy Teacher Resources
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An overview of mechanical energy is accomplished by completing a two-page worksheet. First, assignees define mechanical energy, compare gravitational and elastic potential energy, and write out theorems and equations. Then they draw diagrams and use equations to solve problems about potential energy, work, kinetic energy, and momentum. There is no need to start from scratch when resources like this are available to you!
A very informative slide show breaks mechanical energy down into components for your physics whizzes. They learn about two types of potential energy and the work energy theorem. They are given the tools needed to perform potential and kinetic energy calculations. Finally, they discover how to determine stopping distance for an object coming to rest. This is a practical presentation to include in your physics lessons.
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.
Learners use and calculate using the specified equations that assist them in visualizing energy conversions. Students identify and interpret the difference between ideal calculations and real world results. Finally, learners work in teams to apply their problem-solving skills with a pogo stick.
Physical science classes learning about the conservation of energy use a motion detector to analyze the movement of a pendulum. They graph various relationships between potential energy, kinetic energy, height, mechanical energy, and horizontal displacement. They also write the answers to six follow-up questions on a separate sheet of paper or in a lab journal. This is a simple guide to a valuable exercise if you have access to electronic motion detectors.
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.