Forms of Energy
Teacher Notes: Lesson Plan
For the demos...
- Play the video above
- Discuss the motion of the roller coaster
- Lead the discussion to Energy
- Discuss what energy is.
- Energy is the ability to move stuff.
- Discuss how the two forumulas relate: Force = Mass x Acceleration; Energy = Force x Distance
- Using demo equipment - help students understand the basic difference between potential (stored) energy and kinetic (object moving) energy.
- Briefly discuss the difference between potential and kinetic
- Introduce the 9 forms of energy
- Launch activity.
- Have students classify the 9 forms of energy using the PowerPoint slides
- Next have the students write the classified list in their notes.
- Then have the students write down the list of energy and associated definitions.
For the demos...
- Use a basket ball to describe Gravitational Potential Energy
- Use the same basketball to describe Mechanical Energy
- Use surgical tubing, a bow & arrow, slinky & a ruler to describe Elastic Potential Energy
- Use a battery & a toy car, ping pong ball launcher w. rubbing alcohol, a lighter and a match to describe Chemical Potential Energy
- Briefly discuss nuclear energy
- Briefly describe electrical energy
- Use a slinky to describe sound energy
- Use a small ball to describe heat
- Use both the slinky and two small balls to describe light.
Types of energy.
The 9 forms of energy (Mech'n Legs)
As a class - we classified the above descriptions as either potential or kinetic energy as an activity, and then discussed & demoed each one of them.
Classification of the energy:
Potential (stored) Energy:
Kinetic (moving) Energy:
Conservation of Energy & Energy Conversion
Computer Simulated Moduals
Watch as the ball builds up elastic potential energy before it bounces back up.