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This page features an animation of a skier descending a 58-meter slope.  The first part of the animation depicts the changing ratio of potential-to-kinetic energy.  At the end of the run, the skier encounters unpacked snow and loses total mechanical energy to the dissipative force of friction.  Bar graphs for W (Work) and TME (Total Mechanical Energy) illustrate the relationship between work and mechanical energy.  This activity contains a full text discussion of each process as it occurs.   It is part of The Physics Classroom, a comprehensive online tutorial written for high school physics students.
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
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- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
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animation, conservation of energy, energy bar graphs, energy transformation, friction, kinetic energy, mechanical energy, potential energy, work
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Metadata instance created November 20, 2007 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Energy Transformation

This animation features a downhill skier and four energy bar graphs. Watch the transformation of energy from potential to kinetic during the descent. The end of the run is unpacked snow.... the skier loses total mechanical energy (TME) to the dissipative force of friction.

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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Energy Transformation

This animated tutorial features a downhill skier and four energy bar graphs.  Students observe the transformation of energy from potential to kinetic during the descent.  The end of the run is unpacked snow and the skier loses total mechanical energy (TME) to the dissipative force of friction.

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T. Henderson, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/se.cfm).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for Downhill Skiing, (2004), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/se.cfm>.
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Henderson, T. (2006, November 6). The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for Downhill Skiing. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/se.cfm
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for Downhill Skiing. November 6, 2006. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/se.cfm (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for Downhill Skiing. 2004. 6 Nov. 2006. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/energy/se.cfm>.
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The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation for Downhill Skiing:

Covers the Same Topic As The Physics Classroom: Energy Transformation on a Roller Coaster

This item is an animation of a roller coaster with two loops.  It contains energy bar graphs depicting KE, PE, and total mechanical energy (TME).  It is closely related to the Downhill Skier animation in depicting potential-to-kinetic energy, but differs in that it illustrates a system where TME remains the same throughout.

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