Steam Engine—How Does It Work?

Full steam ahead! A video in the Real Engineering playlist shows viewers how steam engines work. the video starts with an explanation of the inefficient steam engines from before the Industrial Revolution and ends with modern steam turbines.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to introduce steam engines
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners must be able to interpret pressure-volume graphs
  • It is helpful if pupils have understanding of physics concepts, such as force, energy, work, and torque
Pros
  • Animations are simple but effective
  • Clear explanations and descriptions make the subject matter easy to understand
Cons
  • None