Life requires energy, for without it, you will die! Learners watch a video to see how organisms use free energy, gain knowledge about Gibbs free energy, and observe how free energy plays a role in both photosynthesis and cellular respiration. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Briefly review potential and kinetic energy in a system and where these are highest/lowest
  • Preview the video and determine stopping points to ask pairs of learners questions 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a computer, projection system, and access to the Internet 
  • Video seems appropriate for upper-level high schoolers and even college-age learners
  • Part four in a series of 37

  • Video explains Gibbs free energy thoroughly
  • Visuals are simple and aid in learning about free energy

  • Video does not seem appropriate for low-level learners or those without deep background knowledge in photosynthesis and cellular respiration
Common Core