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Potential and Kinetic Energy

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Students will:

  • examine the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy.

  • measure energy using Joules.


Essential Questions

  • What is the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy, and how is it measured?


Vocabulary

  • Energy: The ability to perform work.

  • Work: The change of motion of an object though the application of force.

  • Potential Energy: Energy that is stored in an object. This energy results from its position or configuration.

  • Kinetic Energy: Energy associated with an object’s motion.

  • Joule: A quantity of force produced by applying one Newton of force to move an object one meter. It is also equivalent of one watt-second of electrical power.

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  • Newton: The force needed to accelerate a kilogram at a rate of one meter per second per second.

    l2-newtonsequation.PNG


Duration

30 minutes/1 class period


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