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
The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.
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Resources to Address This
Human energy, food and exercise (11-16)
Ref - Practical physics; Energy; Energy guidance notes; Human energy, food and exercise
This activity involves considering the energy stored in foodstuffs and the energy demanded by human activity.View Resource
- Opitz, S. T.; Blankenstein, A. and Harms, U. () Student conceptions about energy in biological contexts, Journal of Biological Education, 51, (4)