Science - Physics

Standard 4

Students will understand transfer and conservation of energy.
• Balloons and Static Electricity
Why does a balloon stick to your sweater? Explore the charges in the sweater, the balloon and the wall as you investigate.
• Converting Energy
An activity to introduce students to energy through the idea of energy transformations and conversions, and to develop student's ideas of what energy is and how it can be measured.
• Energy Skate Park
Learn about energy conservation with a skater dude. Build tracks, ramps and jumps for the skater and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as he moves.
• Frosty the Snowman Meets His Demise: An Analogy to
This lesson is the third in a three part series about the nucleus, isotopes, and radioactive decay. Students will be asked to consider the case of when Frosty the Snowman met his demise (began to melt).
• How Hydropower Plants Work: Inside the Generator
Animates how electric current is created from kinetic energy.
• How Thermoses (Vacuum Flasks) Work
Discusses the transfer of heat energy by conduction, convection, and radiation.
• Nuclear Reaction
This PBS site about nuclear power provides useful maps, charts, text, and graphics.
• Physics Hypertextbook
A collection of physics-related links organized by topic: mechanics, matter, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, and more.
• Physics OER Textbook
This Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook has been written specifically for students as a reputable source for them to obtain information aligned to the Utah Science Standards.
One-stop source for information on physics and astronomy.
• Radioactive Decay: A Sweet Simulation of a Half-li
This is the second in a three-part series about isotopes, radioactive decay, and the nucleus. In this lesson, students will simulate radioactive decay using small candies.
• Roller Coaster Sim
With this simulation students will learn about the physics behind roller coasters.
• Roller Coaster Simulation
Excellent discussion and demonstration of potential and kinetic energy.
• The Physics Classroom Tutorial
The Physics Classroom Tutorial is an online textbook/tutorial written for high school physics students.
• The Virtual Nuclear Tourist
Not only can you tour nuclear power plants around the world, but the site offers and incredible amount of information on nuclear energy.
• Theatre of Electricity
Everything you need to know with excellent photos and video clips.

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