Many students do not think energy is conserved in biological processes, and see these as either using energy, or ‘making energy’ that can subsequently be used

Energy and Thermal Physics


Diagnostic Resources

The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.

For more information, see the University of York BEST website.


  • Opitz, S. T.; Blankenstein, A. and Harms, U. () Student conceptions about energy in biological contexts, Journal of Biological Education, 51, (4)


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