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written by Abigail R. Daane, Stamatis Vokos, and Rachel E. Scherr
Learners' everyday ideas about energy often involve energy being "used up" or "wasted." In physics, the concept of energy degradation can connect those ideas to the principle of energy conservation. Learners' spontaneous discussions about aspects of energy degradation motivated us to introduce new learning goals into our K-12 teacher professional development courses. One of our goals is for learners to recognize that since energy degradation is associated with the movement of some quantity towards equilibrium, the identification of energy as degraded or free depends on the choice of the objects involved. Another goal is for learners to recognize that overall energy degradation occurs. We find that teachers' discussions contain productive ideas about energy degradation that demonstrate progress towards our goals. These include (1) the idea that degraded energy can be made useful and (2) the idea that making energy useful requires either effort or energy relocation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 109-112
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.015
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0822342
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.E-
05.70.-a
Keywords:
PERC 2013, conservation, degradation, energy, professional development, second law of thermodynamics
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A. Daane, S. Vokos, and R. Scherr, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13121&DocID=3670).
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A. Daane, S. Vokos, and R. Scherr, Learner Understanding of Energy Degradation, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13121&DocID=3670>.
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Daane, A., Vokos, S., & Scherr, R. (2013, July 17-18). Learner Understanding of Energy Degradation. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved November 27, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13121&DocID=3670
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Daane, A, S. Vokos, and R. Scherr. "Learner Understanding of Energy Degradation." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13121&DocID=3670 (accessed 27 November 2014).
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Daane, Abigail, Stamatis Vokos, and Rachel Scherr. "Learner Understanding of Energy Degradation." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 109-112 of PER Conference. 27 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13121&DocID=3670>.
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