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Teaching About Energy: Power of a Student
written by John Roeder
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 activity is part of a PTRA manual on Energy.
Book Title: Teaching about Energy
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
General Physics
- Properties of Matter
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- Assessment
- New teachers
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Metadata instance created January 17, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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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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Roeder, J. (2003). Teaching About Energy: Power of a Student. In Teaching about Energy. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3376&DocID=70
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Roeder, John. "Teaching About Energy: Power of a Student." In Teaching about Energy. 2003. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3376&DocID=70 (accessed 23 May 2024).
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Roeder, John. "Teaching About Energy: Power of a Student." Teaching about Energy. 2003. 23 May 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=3376&DocID=70>.
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