Hitting the Slopes

Students will examine some simple plots of a person sliding down a snow-covered hill on a sled and relate this to the riderʼs speed and position along the route. These plots will guide students though different aspects of conservation of energy – addressing initial potential and kinetic energy, conversion of potential to kinetic and vice-versa, total energy of a system, and transfer of energy to the surroundings via friction.
Subjects: Science, Physics
Prior Knowledge: Conservation of Energy covered in Physics
Key Concepts and Terms: Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Conservation of Energy, Energy loss and Non-Conserved System
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