Shifting or transferring?
Physics Narrative for 11-14
We have chosen to use the word
shifting to describe what happens when one energy store empties and another fills. We think that the idea of shifting helpfully supports the underlying understanding of energy leaving one store and turning up in another.
Of course, in many school physics books, the term
transfer is used. If you are not happy with
shift, then no inaccuracies ensue from replacing it with
transfer. However, we thing it worth trying out the shifting approach.
Shift is a simple and evocative word.