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View Resource Student Reasoning Regarding Work, Heat, and the First Law of Thermodynamics in an Introductory Physics Course

This paper, presented at the 2001 Physics Education Research Conference, shares the results of a short diagnostic quiz has been administered over the past two years in the calculus-based introductory physics course at Iowa State University (ISU). This quiz focuses on heat, work, and the first law of thermodynamics. The written quiz responses of 653 students in three separate courses are analyzed...

View Resource Zona Land: Energy

This webpage is a tutorial on work and energy designed and maintained by a high school physics teacher. Topics include kinetic and potential energy, spring potential energy, GPE, heat and temperature, and nuclear energy. The author uses an entertaining blend of text and interactive simulations to engage the student. NOTE: The full potential of this resource cannot be viewed without a VRML...

View Resource PhET: The Ramp

In this simulation, students push common items of varying masses up an incline to explore the relationship of applied force, work, and energy. They control the angle of the ramp, friction, and amount of applied force. With a mouse click, they can also view detailed graphs of work and energy. This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology...

View Resource Teaching About Energy: Designing a Roller Coaster

This student activity is designed to explore the concept of work. Using inclined planes with different slopes, students are lead to discover the invariance of force times distance for objects starting at the same height. Included are notes for instructors wishing to use this material. This activity is part of a PTRA manual on Energy.

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...

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