Thermal Energy and Heat

What is thermal energy? What is the difference between thermal energy and temperature? Answers to these questions are provided by a presentation that also covers conduction, convection, and radiation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, create a solar cooker to make s'mores or to heat up pizza
  • Use an online calculator to estimate how much radiation a person gets in a year
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of kinetic energy
  • The third in a four-part series
Pros

  • Highlights new vocabulary by color coding the words
  • Includes how people measure temperature, heat, and thermal energy
Cons

  • Presentation does not include any graphics
Common Core