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This paper is a guide for teachers on how to use energy flow diagrams and energy bar graphs to help students understand processes that occur in the transformation of energy.  The author presents visual tools to help students grasp the difference between force and energy and to comprehend the meaning of "work" in the context of defined systems.  Graphs and diagrams are used to illustrate the discussion.  The paper was written for the Physics Modeling program.
Series Name:  Physics Modeling Workshops
Pages 12
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Work and Energy
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
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© 1998 Gregg Swackhamer
energy bar charts, energy flow diagrams, modeling, representing energy, work
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Swackhamer, G. (2005, February 22). Making Work Work. Retrieved September 16, 2019, from
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Swackhamer, Gregg. Making Work Work. 1998. 22 Feb. 2005. 16 Sep. 2019 <>.
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