Students who are aware that energy ideas and terms are used differently in science and in everyday life may have difficulties deciding which perspective to use when answering questions
The words used in the question may cue different responses.
Resources to Address This
Two complementary descriptions (11-16)
Ref - SPT En02 PN04
It is important to recognise from the very outset that this description of the action of fuels, in terms of energy and energy stores, is theoretical or abstract in nature. It doesn't belong to discussion in the everyday, or lived-in world. You can't look down a very powerful microscope to find the chemical store inside the petrol! We think it is helpful to make a clear distinction between the everyday description and the energy description.View Resource
Helpful language for energy talk (11-16)
Ref - Practical physics; Energy; Introducing energy; Helpful language for energy talk
Some ways of talking about energy are clearer and more helpful than others.
Using the energy stores and pathways provides a way to describe the 'energy story'. This is not the same as the description of observations or the 'physics story' that explain an event.View Resource
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