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Roller Coaster! Measuring Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, and Lost Energy
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.
6th - 12th Science 111 Views 85 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Investigation: Kinetic and Potential Energy
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.
5th - 8th Science 16 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
TE Lesson: Kinetic and Potential Energy of Motion
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.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 25 Views 77 Downloads
Kinetic and Potential Energy
Young scholars examine energy sources. In this kinetic and potential energy lesson, students conduct investigations to show how toys produce the two types of energy. Young scholars also draw a picture of a skateboarder and label the examples of kinetic and potential energy.
5th - 8th Science 21 Views 128 Downloads
Potential Energy: How is it Related to Kinetic Energy?
Students 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.
1st - 6th Math 4 Views 4 Downloads
Video 10 - Potential Energy
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.
5 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Work and Energy: Forms and Changes
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.
7th - 12th Science 67 Views 403 Downloads
You will need to prepare either a class set or a single demonstration catapult in order to teach this powerful lesson 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.
4th - 9th Science 31 Views 86 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Math 15 Views 36 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 7 Views 25 Downloads
Potential and Kinetic Energy
In this kinetic and potential energy worksheet, students 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.
9th - 12th Science 87 Views 372 Downloads
My Car Has Potential
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.
7th Science 3 Views 23 Downloads
Conservation of Energy
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.
5th Science 10 Views 50 Downloads
A Hilly Ride
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.
5th Science 7 Views 32 Downloads
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.
5th - 7th Science 4 Views 48 Downloads
Medieval EnergyMedieval Evergy
What a creative way to introduce the Law of Conservation of Energy! Learners create a medieval weapon called a trebuchet in order to explore the concept of kinetic energy and potential energy. There are worksheets, resource links, and other materials that make this lesson plan a wonderful way to explore this topic.
6th Science 4 Views 37 Downloads
Students investigate the concept of two types of energy while conducting an experiment of observing a cart roll down a ramp. They define kinetic and potential energy and explain the use of each with an analysis of the data. Students also practice using the formula for mass and acceleration.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 23 Downloads