Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Energy in Systems: Where Does It Go? - Section 4: Explain


If you are following me progression of lessons in this unit, your students may find this lesson to start pushing their thinking. This activity asked students to take the complex interaction of everyday motions and break it apart into all of the various energy transfers that are taking place. This can be a challenging task for just about anyone to consider. I found it helpful to have students use their list of forms of energy both kinetic and potential as a checklist of sorts. As they are considering each system, they should go energy source by energy source to see if that source of energy is present and where, for how long, when, etc. 

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Energy in Systems: Where Does It Go?

Unit 5: Energy: Where we get it and how we use it.
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: SWBAT to identify the conversion of energy in a system.

Big Idea: Building off of previous lessons, students apply their knowledge of energy transformations to systems thinking.

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Science, Energy (Physical Science), Energy and Thermodynamics, Systems, Systems Thinking/Systems Dynamics
  65 minutes
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