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In this lesson plan for secondary physical science, students investigate energy transfer by placing a ping-pong ball on top of a racquetball and dropping them together.  Upon impact, some of the energy of the racquetball is transferred to the smaller ball. Background information, printable data sheets, and assessments are also available. T

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conservation of energy, energy, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy
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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy

Explore energy transfer in this easy-to-setup activity.  Place a ping-pong ball on top of a racquetball and drop them together.  Upon impact, some of the energy of the racquetball is transferred to the smaller ball. Background information, printable data sheets, and assessments are also provided.

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(University of Virginia, 2003), WWW Document, (http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/Education/outreach/8thGradeSOL/EnergyBallFrm.htm).
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University of Virginia Physical Science SOL Activities: Energy of a Bouncing Ball (University of Virginia, 2003), <http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/Education/outreach/8thGradeSOL/EnergyBallFrm.htm>.
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University of Virginia Physical Science SOL Activities: Energy of a Bouncing Ball. (2003, January 31). Retrieved August 29, 2014, from University of Virginia: http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/Education/outreach/8thGradeSOL/EnergyBallFrm.htm
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University of Virginia. University of Virginia Physical Science SOL Activities: Energy of a Bouncing Ball. University of Virginia, January 31, 2003. http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/Education/outreach/8thGradeSOL/EnergyBallFrm.htm (accessed 29 August 2014).
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University of Virginia Physical Science SOL Activities: Energy of a Bouncing Ball. University of Virginia, 2003. 31 Jan. 2003. 29 Aug. 2014 <http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/Education/outreach/8thGradeSOL/EnergyBallFrm.htm>.
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