This student activity is designed to help students understand the concept of power. The energy required to climb stairs, and the rate at which students can do this, illustrates this concept. The energy requirements for other common activities are given to help students calculate their energy needs. Included are notes for instructors wishing to use this material.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Conservation of Energy Unit Title: Teaching About Energy
This unique activity promotes understanding of the concept of power. Students are asked to measure their gain in gravitational potential energy as they climb a flight of stairs, then calculate the rate at which this potential energy is gained. This lesson is part of a workshop manual on Energy developed by the PTRA, Physics Teacher Resource Agents, and supported by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Includes assessment.
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