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Graphing Energy Conversions. All Energy is the ability to do work – we just have different clues to keep track of!. Gravitational PE Height above ground Elastic PE Stretching or Compression Chemical PE Food (not yet eaten) Gasoline (not yet burned) Battery (not yet used).

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Graphing energy conversions

Graphing Energy Conversions


All energy is the ability to do work we just have different clues to keep track of

All Energy is the ability to do work – we just have different clues to keep track of!

  • Gravitational PE

    • Height above ground

  • Elastic PE

    • Stretching or Compression

  • Chemical PE

    • Food (not yet eaten)

    • Gasoline (not yet burned)

    • Battery (not yet used)


Gravitational pe

Gravitational PE

Any time an object has height above a reference point.

Can have Kinetic Energy at the same time.


Let s look at it in action

Let’s look at it in action!

PE & KE


Before it drops 6 meters high

Before it drops, 6 meters high


Dropping at 5 meters

Dropping, at 5 meters


Dropping at 3 meters

Dropping, at 3 meters


Dropping at 1 meter

Dropping, at 1 meter


Right before it hits the ground

Right before it hits the ground


Practice graph the energy in the rubber band at these 3 points in time

Practice: Graph the Energy in the Rubber Band at these 3 points in time

  • Lamar stretches a rubber band and points it at Ms. Nicholson.

  • He lets go and it launches through the air.

  • His aim is bad and it misses Ms. Nicholson and falls on the floor. (Graph the energy RIGHT BEFORE it hits the floor!)


Lamar stretches a rubber band and points it at ms nicholson

Lamar stretches a rubber band and points it at Ms. Nicholson.


He lets go and it launches through the air

He lets go and it launches through the air.


Graphing energy conversions

His aim is bad and it misses Ms. Nicholson and falls on the floor. (Graph the energy RIGHT BEFORE it hits the floor!)


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