Potential Energy (PE) Diagrams

Can your class explain the changes in energy during a chemical reaction? Map them out with a video from JFR Science's playlist. The narrator discusses in detail how to create, manipulate, and use a potential energy diagram.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add the video to the early portion of a reaction rates lesson to get the class comfortable with the terminology
  • Have learners create a sample diagram from the video for their notes
Classroom Considerations

  • Viewers should have an understanding of exothermic reactions, reversible reactions, and energy concepts
Pros

  • The resource maps reaction diagrams, giving pupils added insight into their components
  • Explanations for key terms are clear and concise
Cons

  • None
Common Core