Describing processes with energy stores
Classroom Activity for 11-14
What the Activity is for
Here you can relate an everyday description of a simple situation (perhaps a car running down a hill) to how the energy is shared out amongst the stores. Later you can alter the energy shared amongst the stores to see how this affects the position of the car on the hill, so relating the energy description with where the car is and how fast it is going.
What to Prepare
- a model car on a hill
- a supply of orange fluid
- beakers labelled as different stores
What Happens During this Activity
First walk through the process that you have decided to study. Identify the start and finish points as snapshots. With the
stores to hand, describe the process both physically and in terms of the filling and emptying of the named stores.
Later, with a more confident class, you might choose to fill the sotres to different levels and ask what the possibilities are for the physical description for that distribution of energy amongst the stores.
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