Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Mechanical Energy - Section 2: Explore


Asking students to explain a phenomenon using examples they can relate to is tremendously helpful in getting them to visualize the difficult concept at hand.  Mechanical energy is hard for some students to grasp, especially when you ask them to differentiate between potential and mechanical.  Giving them an example of the egg allows them to start thinking about the concept in a relatable manner, giving them an easy access point to the concept. 

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Mechanical Energy

Unit 5: Motion and Energy
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT explain the difference between potential and kinetic energy and provide examples of each.

Big Idea: Understanding the basics of mechanical energy is essential to understanding its relationship with mass and position.

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Science, Motion, Conservation of Energy, Energy Conversion, position, mass, Energy, mechanical
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