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View Resource Counting Calories

This article by Paul Doherty, Senior Scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, describes the burning peanut experiment and provides an introduction to food energy and how it is measured. The site presents an explanation of how food energy is converted to other forms in the human body. Also included is a discussion of the first law of thermodynamics and calorimetry with applications to...

View Resource Dipping Bird

This Exploratorium activity uses dipping birds to provide an introduction to heat engines which convert heat energy to mechanical work. The site contains an explanation of the physics involved and also an extension activity that powers the bird with a light source.

View Resource Energy Story

This site, presented by the California Energy Commission, is a descriptive story of what energy is and how it works in our world. The site includes simple definitions of energy and interesting pictures that help students related energy to their everyday world. There are 20 chapters, on everything from circuits to solar energy to electricity transmission systems. This is an excellent resource as...

View Resource Teaching About Energy: Power of a Student

This student activity is designed to help students understand the concept of power. The energy required to climb stairs, and the rate at which students can do this, illustrates this concept. The energy requirements for other common activities are given to help students calculate their energy needs. Included are notes for instructors wishing to use this material. This activity is part of a PTRA...

View Resource Teaching About Energy

This AAPT/PTRA manual contains background references and activities to help teachers and students with the many concepts involved in understanding Energy. Sample student activities from the full print manual are available here. The complete manual includes sections on basic concepts in energy, different forms and conversion of energy, and the social problems involved with energy. Appendices for...

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