Energy Transferred by Working
Energy and Thermal Physics

Things you'll need to decide on as you plan: Shifting Energy Between Stores

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

Bringing together two sets of constraints

Focusing on the learners:

Distinguishing–eliciting–connecting. How to:

  • link the idea of burning fuel to the dissipating of energy
  • distinguish between the physical descriptions of the lived-in world and the descriptions using the idea of energy

Teacher Tip: These are all related to findings about children's ideas from research. The teaching activities will provide some suggestions. So will colleagues, near and far.

Focusing on the physics:

Representing–noticing–recording. How to:

  • build in the conservation of energy
  • establish a list of ways to calculate energy, represented by words or diagrams
  • select an appropriate representation of a quantity of energy for your teaching

Teacher Tip: Connecting what is experienced with what is written and drawn is essential to making sense of the connections between the theoretical world of physics and the lived-in world of the children. Don't forget to exemplify this action.

Energy Transferred by Working
appears in the relation dU=dQ+dW
is used in analyses relating to Working Engines Thermionic Emission
is a special case of Work
has the special case Potential Energy Kinetic Energy
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