How Entropy Powers the Earth (Big Picture Ep. 4/5)

Energy can be either useful or useless, depending on you look at it! A video lesson examines how entropy works with the Law of Conservation of Energy. Scholars learn how Earth receives and uses photons from the sun in a state of low entropy.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Maintain a glossary of new vocabulary encountered throughout the video
  • Facilitate a think-pair-share activity to activate prior knowledge of entropy
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects a strong understanding of the entropy process
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  • Interesting images maintain viewers' attention
  • Uses graphical representations to add clarity
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