Mechanical Energy Teacher Resources
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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!
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.
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.
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 examine how steamships operate. They describe the necessary energy conversions. They construct a model paddlewheel ship. They use rubber bands as examples of potential and kinetic energy as they unwind and set the models in motion.
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.
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.
In this kinetic and potential energy worksheet, students read for information and evaluate comprehension. In this multiple choice and fill in the blanks worksheet, students answer fifteen questions.
Students 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.
Students explore the drawings of Rube Goldberg to design and construct a simple machine. They discuss simple machines, and using various materials and toy parts, design and construct a "Rube Goldberg" style machine to ring a bell.
Using a suggested web site, 5th graders work together to find pictures depicting each of the three types of energy. They need to explain how each of their pictures represents a form of energy. A sorting mat file, Venn Diagram, and website are all included.
Elementary school physical scientists explore kinetic mechanical energy by dropping a golf ball on different surfaces. They discuss how human made materials might react to light differently from nature made materials. This lesson plan includes directions for the lab investigation as well as talking points for a lecture. Since no measurements are taken with the ball bounce activity, and the temperature activity is only discussed and not carried out, this standard lesson is not ideal.
In this physics 210:9 worksheet, students apply knowledge of Newton's 3rd law and Hooke's law to answer the following questions. Students calculate work, velocity, force, and acceleration.
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.
Middle school scientists construct a working water wheel from an aluminum pie pan. Because of the sharp edges on the cut aluminum, this activity is for mature learners only. You could have your class compete to see whose wheel can lift the most weight, or have them share maximum weights to be graphed by each individual student.
Students 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, students work in teams to apply their problem-solving skills with a pogo stick.
Students explain how mechanical energy is conserved in falling objects. In this physics lesson, students design and construct a roller coaster based on given requirements. They draw and explain their model.
Students test different sized marbles and how fast they can go. For this energy lesson plan, students test different sized marbles going down an incline. They predict which would have the most potential and kinetic energy. After the test, they answer questions about the energy of each marble and compare them.
New! Roller Coasters
Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity. Starting with a discussion of potential and kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy, young engineers apply these concepts as they work in groups creating roller coasters using flexible plastic tubing and marbles. Students will likely be very energetic during this activity, so be sure to provide clear expectations for their behavior to ensure everyone's safety. Present this lesson as an introduction to a science unit on energy and engage the class in learning about this fundamental topic.
A wind turbine will be constructed with two different sizes of rotor blades. In an experiment, future engineers find out if there is a difference in the power output based on amount of weight that can be moved with the turbine.