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Potential and Kinetic Energy

Potential and Kinetic Energy


To learn the basics of Potential Energy (PE) and Kinetic Energy (KE)

To apply PE and KE in a real world scenario and be able to calculate the energies

Remember to take your notes for PE/KE.

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Basics between PE and KE- 8th grade only

Be sure to pause, rewind, rewatch as necessary.

Potential and Kinetic Energy

Here are your notes. Be sure to pause and rewatch as much as you need to.

Source: Langhans and various other educators

PE/KE: These are the “S” in WSQ. You must have them under your video notes completed by the due date on the Unit Plan.

Part 1: All students complete these


Several energy sources are listed below. Decide whether each is a representative of PE or KE by writing the correct word in the energy source column. If an energy source is potential, explain what happens when it is converted to kinetic energy. The first question has been done for you as an example.


Part 2: Calculations: High School only completes these

1. You serve a volleyball with a mass of 2.1 kg. The ball leaves your hand with a speed of 30 m/s. The ball has ____________ energy. Calculate it.


2. A baby carriage is sitting at the top of a hill that is 21 m high. The carriage with the baby weighs 12 N. The carriage has ____________ energy. Calculate it.


3. A car is traveling with a velocity of 40 m/s and has a mass of 1120 kg. The car has ___________energy. Calculate it.


4. A cinder block is sitting on a platform 20 m high. It weighs 79 N. The block has _____________ energy. Calculate it.


5. There is a bell at the top of a tower that is 45 m high. The bell weighs 190 N. The bell has ____________ energy. Calculate it.


HOT Question

Question about your Notes: write your question following the guidelines below:
Question- asking Higher Order Thinking (HOT) questions; use the following as your guide:
1. A question that you are still confused about (be specific, include which part of the video, etc)
2. A question that connects the videos together (i.e. asking about the relationship between the content)
3. A question you think you know the answer to, but you want to challenge your classmates with
Use your Unit Plan to help with question starters

Source: inspired by C. Kirch