Students will design a roller coaster using marbles and foam pipe insulation to observe the relationship between potential and kinetic energy. Students will calculate the average speed of the marble and relate that speed to the potential and kinetic energy of the marble. Students will use various angles and track designs to see the impact it has on marble speed.
This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
This learning activity should be used during a lesson on using models to construct an explanation of how the force exerted by a rubber band changes as the band is stretched. This learning activity can be used as an assessment.
This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
This resource can be used as a culminating activity on the concepts of potential and kinetic energy. The students will watch a four-minute music video that includes a vast "Rube Goldberg machine". The students will attempt to identify different types of energy, including different forms of potential and kinetic energy.
This activity is a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
In this lesson, students will gain a better understanding of what energy is, how it can be changed into other forms of energy, and how physical and chemical processes contribute to these processes. They also will learn what happens to energy when materials are heated in a combustion system, as in an auto gasoline-powered engine. Prior to beginning this lesson, students should be able to define atoms and molecules in simple terms. They also should understand that atoms and molecules are always moving and that adding heat increases the speed at which they move.
This lesson is the first of a four-part series on static electricity. In this lesson, students are asked to review websites to learn about the atom's basic structure and the positive and negative charges of its subparticles. This lesson lays the groundwork for further study of static and current electricity by focusing on the idea of positive and negative charges at the atomic level.
This lesson is the second of a four-part series on static electricity. This lesson helps expand students’ concepts about atoms and how they relate to static electricity. In this lesson, students perform some simple experiments, such as creating static electricity to demonstrate how opposite charges attract each other and like charges repel each other. Then students explore a website that further explains these concepts.
This lesson is the third of a four-part series on static electricity. This lesson helps expand students' concepts about atoms and how they relate to static electricity. In this lesson, students explore a website to investigate concepts related to static electricity. Then, students perform experiments in which they create static electricity and demonstrate how opposite charges attract each other and like charges repel each other.
This lesson is the fourth of a four-part series on static electricity. This lesson introduces students to concepts about lightning and how they relate to static electricity. In this lesson, students explore a variety of websites to learn about lightning and then explain in their own words what causes lightning and how it is related to static electricity.