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Introduction to Energy Skate Park Lab. Starter : At what points on the path of a swinging child is her speed a maximum? A minimum? How does this relate to the height of the child above the ground?. Practice/ Application. Open the “ Energy Skate Park Basics” at the phet site.

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Introduction to energy skate park lab
Introduction to EnergySkate Park Lab

Starter : At what points on the path of a

swinging child is her speed a maximum?

A minimum? How does this relate to the

height of the child above the ground?


Practice application
Practice/ Application

Open the “ Energy Skate Park Basics” at the phet site.

In the “ Introduction” tab, pick the first track (U shaped.)

Check “ bar graph” , “speed”, “grid” and “slow motion”.

Place the skater at 4m above the ground on the track and release.


Data put in science notebook
Data Put in Science Notebook

Read and record the velocity at the following heights.

Each increment on the speed dial is 1.0m/s


Questions put in science notebook
Questions - Put in Science Notebook

Describe how the kinetic energy and the potential energy are

related by observing the bar graph.

a. What can you tell about the sum of KE and PE?

b. When the KE is a maximum, what is the PE?

c. How is the KE related to the velocity?

d. How is the PE related to the height?

2. At what height are the potential energy and the kinetic energy equal?

How are h and v related? Are they directly proportional?

Plot v2 vs. h and do a best fit for the graph. What does this tell you about

the relationship between h and v?


Exit

In your science notebook, answer the following:

1. What are the factors that determine

potential energy?

2. What are the factors that determine

kinetic energy?


Science notebook checklist
Science Notebook Checklist

  • Starter

  • Data table

  • 3 Answered Questions

  • Graph ( v2 vs. h )

  • Summary

  • Exit


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