Wind Turbine

Scientists know wind is a renewable resource, but is it an efficient one? Scholars adjust the propeller diameter on a wind turbine, the wind speed, and the conversion efficiency within range to learn about the efficiency of these machines. The resource briefly explains Betz's Law and offers questions about the conversion factors.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce Betz's law and how it relates to energy efficiency
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of power, efficiency, and how to interpret graphs
Pros

  • Integrates math, science, and technology topics
  • Offers a walk through video for those struggling to understand the controls
Cons

  • None
Common Core