Energy Forms and States Demonstrations

Does a tennis ball have energy? What about a bowling ball? Demonstrate concepts of different forms of energy forms and states with a variety of objects. Using the equations for potential and kinetic energy, learners determine the amount of energy for different scenarios. Flow diagrams allow the class to visualize the energy forms and states that go into a system and those that come out.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use a video of a roller coaster to discuss potential energy since it is a difficult concept to grasp
  • Find energy flow diagrams to share with the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals should be comfortable working with units in mathematical problems
  • The cup-crushing demonstration needs balls of different masses
  • Dropping a heavy object may cause damage to the floor
  • It may be difficult for some to grasp the idea of potential energy in a stationary object
  • Includes a mnemonic device to help remember the seven forms of energy
  • Provides answers for the short assessment questions
  • None
Common Core