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Potential and Kinetic Energy


Potential and Kinetic Energy

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Middle school students use a roller coaster simulation to explore the concepts of potential and kinetic energy.
Material Type: Assignment
Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: July 06, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 18, 2013
Submitter: Eric March
Keywords: energy, science


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  • User review 4 average rating
  • User Rating: 4 user rating
  • Discussion (2 Comments)
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Primary Audience: Middle School
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Language: English
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Avatar for Jeffrey Patton
3 years ago

Jeffrey Patton (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson does a great job getting students excited about learning the material. There are many different teaching strategies used in this lesson. I love that you use rollercoasters as an example, kids love them. This really helps make this concept connected to the real world.

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Avatar for Robert LaRocque
3 years ago

Robert LaRocque (Teacher (K-12))

What a great lesson plan that relates to things students experience in the real world. I thought this lesson did a wonderful job incorporating different ways of presenting and interacting with the material such as video, demonstrations, group word, simulations, and all with the integration of technology. All cool ending to this unit or lesson could be a field trip to an amusement park to see these concepts in action.

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Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes