AAPT/PTRA Teaching About Energy Documents

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Teaching About Energy 

written by John Roeder
published by the American Association of Physics Teachers

This AAPT/PTRA manual, "Teaching about Energy" contains background references and activities to help teachers and students with the many concepts involved in understanding Energy. Sample student activities from the full print manual are available here. The complete manual includes sections on basic concepts in energy, different forms and conversion of energy, and the social problems involved with energy. Appendices for teachers include help with labs, an energy concept inventory, and information on student learning of the topic.

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Published January 1, 2003
Last Modified June 14, 2006

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Teaching About Energy: Table of Contents 

This is the Table of Contents for the "Teaching about Energy" PTRA Manual

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Teaching About Energy: Designing a Roller Coaster 

This student activity illustrates the importance of work by studying forces and displacements.

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Teaching about Energy: Dependence of Elastic Energy on Position 

This student activity illustrates the concept of potential energy through the stretching and motion of springs.

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Teaching About Energy: Power of a Student 

This student activity illustrates the concept of power by climbing stairs.

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Teaching About Energy: Energy from Chemical Fuels 

This student activity measures the energy transfered by burning fuels.

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Teaching About Energy: Using Less Fuel to Heat and Cool Your Home 

This student activity illustrates the needs for efficient use of energy.

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Teaching About Energy: Problems Related to Energy "Sources" 

This series of questions illustrate the advantages and drawbacks of a range of common energy sources.

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Teaching About Energy: Problems Related to Energy Choices 

This series of questions illustrate the environmental and social implications of choices of energy sources.

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