Replacing Fossil Fuels?

Burn through a lesson on fossil fuels. Pupils start a unit by considering why it is difficult to phase out fossil fuels. Using provided data on the energy densities and efficiencies of different fuels, they calculate the number of miles a vehicle will travel per kilogram and per liter of each fuel, determine the cost per mile, and then compare the fuels on a Fuel Viability Matrix.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Team up with a math teacher for the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the first of five installments in the Solar Transportation unit
  • Scholars must be familiar with dimensional analysis as well as ratios and rates
  • Provides printable student worksheets
  • Includes suggestions for extension activities
  • None
Common Core