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While building rollercoaster tracks for marbles is definitely age-appropriate for middle schoolers, the calculations on the lab sheets for this lesson are above most of them. Physics fledglings measure the potential energy at the beginning of a track, the kinetic energy at its end, and the amount lost to friction along the way. From these values, they calculate the height that a loop can be inserted and still have the marble make it from beginning to end. Hold on to your hats, because it's sure to be a rolicking time!
A well-developed lab sheet guides physical science learners through an investigation of kinetic and potential energy. In small groups, collaborators discover whether or not the ramp height or mass of an object has an effect on the energy. All steps of the scientific method are included on the handout, and as an added bonus, find a 10-page reading on the forms of energy and transformations.
In this kinetic and potential energy learning exercise, students read for information and evaluate comprehension. In this multiple choice and fill in the blanks learning exercise, students answer fifteen questions.
Students discover the effect of height and weight on potential energy. In this potential energy lesson, students engage in several mini-experiments where they explore this relationship. Each activity has various ways to identify the two factors that effect potential energy.
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 examine energy sources. In this kinetic and potential energy lesson, students conduct investigations to show how toys produce the two types of energy. Students also draw a picture of a skateboarder and label the examples of kinetic and potential energy.
Young scholars observe a simulation of matchbox toy cars on ramps to learn the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy. In this math and science lesson, students arrange the ramps on the floor and place the car at the top of the ramp. Young scholars release the car, recording the distance the car travels during three trial runs. Depending on math proficiency, students either develop a bar graph or average the numbers to interpret the results.
Don't let the term, "slotted wood board" detract you from the value of this experiment. Class members tie a string to a cart and, with even horizontal force, drag it up an inclined plane. The objective is to compare the work done with the change in potential energy. Note: special equipment is required, either a force scale or computer-interfaced force probe. Make sure to check out the fabulous reading materials available via the embedded links.
The final video in a 10-part series, a resource models and explains potential energy using animated cartoons. Two characters, most likely meant to represet David and Goliath, demonstrate potential energy. A relatively straightforward explanation that will be clear to most learners.
In this potential energy learning exercise, learners determine the potential energy of objects, calculate the work due to conservative forces and the conservation of mechanical energy. This learning exercise has 7 problems to solve.
Your introductory physical science class will be energized by this PowerPoint. They will be able to define energy, work, and power. They will be able to perform calculations for kinetic and potential energy. They will be able to describe the various simple machines and forms of energy. Truly, this selection of 71 slides can serve as a note-taking guide for several lessons on energy and work. Make sure to break it up with hands-on experience using simple machines and pendulums.
You will need to prepare either a class set or a single demonstration catapult in order to teach this powerful lesson plan on kinetic and potential energy. Activity sheets are provided to walk learners through the construction of a catapult. If you choose to teach via demonstration, you can jump straight to Activity Sheet 3, on which is a data table for recording distances. Different features of the catapult are varied for comparison. A vocabulary list and challenge questions are provided. 
Fifth graders identify situations in which kinetic and potential energy are exchanged and identify the direction of energy transfer using marbles and flexible foam track. They observe how the marbles move spontaneously when released from a height and that they will not move if set on a flat surface.
Students engage in an activity which demonstrates how potential energy (PE) can be converted to kinetic energy (KE) and back again. Given a pendulum height, students calculate and predict how fast the pendulum will swing by understanding conservation of energy and using the equations for PE and KE. Excellent worksheets which accompany the experiment are imbedded in this plan.
Students 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. Students are able to define the terms potential energy and kinetic energy.
In this kinetic and potential energy worksheet, learners read about energy of position and energy of motion and are given the equations to find each. Students match 11 terms with their definitions about both types of energy and the components of the equations of kinetic and potential energy. They identify energy as potential or kinetic and they calculate the potential and kinetic energy in 9 problems.
Seventh graders investigate how changes in the mass or height of a ramp can affect the change in potential energy. They discuss the concepts of work and energy, then using the four question strategy, they design an experiment that addresses how to give cars more potential energy using the materials given to them.
In this energy worksheet, high schoolers read about potential energy and kinetic energy. Then students complete 16 matching, 8 fill in the blank, and 9 word problems.
Different types of energy are the focus of this science resource. Learners identify situations in which kinetic and potential energy are exchanged. They conduct an in-class inquiry which leads them to discover that there is a limit to the amount of kinetic energy gained in any energy transfer. They see that friction is what makes the energy transfer possible.
Students participate in an experiment to determine how a trebuchet can be used to explain kinetic energy, potential energy and the Law of Conservation of Energy. Students use a computerized simulation game to practice building and firing their own medieval trebuchet. Students identify potential and kinetic energy based on their trebuchet simulation model.