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Description:

This is a multi-day instructional unit for middle school science on kinetic and potential energy. Through investigations of waterwheels, roller coasters, bouncing balls, and a pendulum, students get a feel for energy transformation in a mechanical interaction and build accurate concepts about the Law of Conservation of Energy. The unit also introduces static and kinetic friction, drag, elastic/inelastic collision, and students learn to calculate frictional force. Lessons are all aligned to AAAS Benchmarks, and may be conducted separately or in concert. Editor's Note: Understanding mechanical energy is at the root of many engineering applications in our world. This set of lessons provides inquiry-based exploration, while also introducing simple calculations in the context of real-life situations. It is developmentally appropriate for middle school, but will definitely challenge students. TeachEngineering is a Pathway project of the National Science Digital Library. It provides a large collection of teacher-tested, research-based content for K-12 teachers to connect real-world experiences with curricular content.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

gravitational potential energy,Oscillations and Waves,Motion in Two Dimensions,NSDL,Active Learning,energy,energy conservation,Mechanical Power,Problem Solving,Grade 6,Conservation of Linear Momentum,General Physics,Classical Mechanics,Grade 7,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20130508142703294T,Curriculum,sliders,Work and Energy,kinetic energy,Inquiry Learning,Grade 8,Collisions in One Dimension,Middle School,GPE,Work,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-102,energy unit,conservation of momentum,Pendula,Conservation of Energy,Physics,potential energy,Education Practices,Linear Momentum,Engineering,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Oscillations,Education,Technology

Language:

English

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