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Students explore conservation of energy by building ramps, jumps, and tracks for a skateboarder. The relationship of kinetic and potential energy is illustrated by simultaneous graphs of energy vs. time and energy vs. position. The skater can be transported to different planets to illustrate the effects of changing the gravitational constant.
This item is part of a larger collection of interactive, game-like simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET). Lesson plans and tips for teachers are also included.
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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy
Students explore conservation of energy by building ramps, jumps, and tracks for a skateboarder. The relationship of kinetic and potential energy becomes clear through energy vs. time and position charts.Link to Unit:
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PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park:
Is Supplemented By PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Energy Skate Park Clicker Questions
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