What are Calories? - Definition & Explanation

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The calorie is the SI unit for energy.

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1. A meal that contains 556 Cal would contain _____ actual calories.

2. If an exercise burns 55 Calories per minute, how many joules of energy are approximately burned in 6 minutes of the exercise?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you gauge your knowledge of calories. You will be quizzed on the concepts behind calories and the scientists who made early contributions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The original concept of calories
  • Definition of calorie
  • Joules of energy
  • SI unit for energy

Skills Practiced

The quiz employs the following skills:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems finding Joules and actual calories
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the definition of calorie
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept on calories

Additional Learning

To learn more about calories, review the lesson called What are Calories? - Definition & Explanation. This lesson will help you accomplish the following objectives:

  • Determine how calories are measured
  • Identify the early scientific contributions made to measure calories
  • Identify principles behind the factory-label method
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