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This page is a tutorial that features bar charts to explore the relationship between work and energy.  Work-Energy bar charts are a conceptual tool which depict the amount of each form of energy within a system as it undergoes a particular motion or process.  This resource offers comprehensive guidance in how to read and understand energy bar charts, animations that illustrate the processes described, and example problems with solutions.  It is part of The Physics Classroom, a collection of online tutorials written for high school physics students.
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
= Work
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- Lower Undergraduate
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animation, conservation of energy, energy, energy bar graphs, friction, kinetic energy, mechanical energy, potential energy, tutorial, work, work-energy theorem
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wrong physics and bad pedagogy

Author: John Denker
Posted: December 14, 2010 at 3:57PM

This page is worse than useless.  It bears no useful resemblance to real physics.  Other pages on the classroom.com site reinforce the same misconceptions.

Some of the particulars include:

This page mutilates the distinction between conservation and constancy.

This page says Fspring is <> while Ftens is <>.   But what if we have a spring under tension?  The whole approach is profoundly misguided.

It says <> ... but AFAICT this is completely untrue.  And even if it were true, it would still be bad pedagogy and wrong physics.

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Re: wrong physics and bad pedagogy

Author: John Denker
Posted: Dec 14, 2010 at 4:02PM

The previous comment was distorted by the markup system.
It was supposed to say:

> This page is
> worse than useless.  It bears no useful resemblance
> to real physics.  Other pages on the classroom.com
> site reinforce the same misconceptions.
>
> Some of the
> particulars include:
>
> This page mutilates the distinction
> between conservation and constancy.
>
> This page says Fspring is ''internal'' while Ftens is ''external''.  
> But what if we have a spring under tension?
> The whole approach is profoundly misguided.
>
> It says ''There
> are many sophisticated and worthy ways of explaining
> and distinguishing between internal and external forces.
> Many of these ways are commonly discussed at great
> length in physics textbooks - particularly college-level
> physics textbooks.'' ... but AFAICT this is completely
> untrue.  And even if it were true, it would still
> be bad pedagogy and wrong physics.
«»

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Re: wrong physics and bad pedagogy

Author: Bruce, ComPADRE Dir
Posted: Dec 15, 2010 at 12:21PM

John, the author of this material is working on changes to this presentation, in particular the use of the terms internal and external as short-hand for conservative and non-conservative.

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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Energy

Work-Energy bar charts are a conceptual tool which depict the amount of each form of energy within a system as it undergoes a particular motion or process.  This animated tutorial helps students understand the intricate relationship between work and energy, an area of common misconception.

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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Conservation of Energy

Work-Energy bar charts are a conceptual tool which depict the amount of each form of energy within a system as it undergoes a particular motion or process.  This animated tutorial helps students understand conservation of energy as they visualize the relationship between work and energy.

Link to Unit:
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T. Henderson, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/energy/u5l2c.cfm).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: The Work-Energy Relationship: Bar Chart Illustrations, (2004), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/energy/u5l2c.cfm>.
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Henderson, T. (2006, November 6). The Physics Classroom: The Work-Energy Relationship: Bar Chart Illustrations. Retrieved September 22, 2014, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/energy/u5l2c.cfm
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: The Work-Energy Relationship: Bar Chart Illustrations. November 6, 2006. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/energy/u5l2c.cfm (accessed 22 September 2014).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: The Work-Energy Relationship: Bar Chart Illustrations. 2004. 6 Nov. 2006. 22 Sep. 2014 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/energy/u5l2c.cfm>.
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