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Title Energy Park Basics Mechanical Energy
Description Students will engage in guide inquiry. There are 2 versions - an in class Word doc with power point questions and a remote lesson as a Google doc. Learning Goals: Students will be able to A. Describe how the Energy Bar and Pie Charts relate to position and speed. B. Explain how changing the Skater Mass affects energy and speed. C. Explain the Conservation of Mechanical Energy concept using kinetic energy (KE) and gravitational potential energy (PE). D. Predict position or estimate speed from Energy Bar and Pie Charts. E. Explain how changing the Track Friction affects energy. F. Design a skate park using the concepts of mechanical energy and energy conservation.
Subject Physics
Level High School, Middle School
Type Lab, Multiple-Choice Concept Questions, Remote Learning
Duration 60 minutes
Answers Included Yes
Language English
Keywords energy, friction, inquiry, mechanical, remote
Simulation(s) Energy Skate Park: Basics (HTML5)


Author(s) Trish Loeblein
Contact Email patricia.loeblein@colorado.edu
School / Organization PhET
Date submitted 2/9/21
Date updated 2/14/21