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Ch 5: Work, Energy & Power Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Work, Energy and Power chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the various forms of energy and power in physics. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Work, Energy and Power chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Work: Definition, Characteristics and Examples;
Work Done by a Variable Force
Discussion and examples of work characteristics;
Learning about variable forces and calculating the work done
Tuesday What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature;
Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types
A look at energy sources and the transfer of energy;
A comparison of the two forms of energy
Wednesday Work-Energy Theorem: Definition and Application;
What is Mechanical Energy? - Definition and Examples
An exploration of the relationship between work and energy;
Discovering the ways in which mechanical energy is applied
Thursday Pulleys: Basic Mechanics;
Conservation of Mechanical Energy
A look at how pulleys work;
Learning about the transfer of mechanical energy and understanding the law of conservation energy
Friday Power: Definition and Mathematics Discovering what power is and how to calculate it

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Work, Energy & Power Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Work: Definition, Characteristics, and Examples

1. Work: Definition, Characteristics, and Examples

Pushing a wall all day may feel like work, but unless you get that wall moving you're not doing any work according to the rules of physics. In this video lesson, you'll learn how work is defined as well as how to calculate the amount of work done on an object.

Work Done by a Variable Force

2. Work Done by a Variable Force

Doing work on an object is a simple concept: we apply a certain force over a certain distance. But in real life, that force is rarely constant. Therefore, we need to understand variable forces and be able to calculate them accurately.

What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

3. What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

This lesson describes the nature of energy and how it is transferred from one source into another. Additionally, it will describe the significance of energy in natural systems.

Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

4. Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

This video defines and describes kinetic and potential energy. You'll learn how different types of energy can be classified as potential and kinetic. You'll also find out how kinetic and potential energy are transformed.

Work-Energy Theorem: Definition and Application

5. Work-Energy Theorem: Definition and Application

Work and energy are closely related in physics. In this lesson, you'll learn what that relationship is as well as how we can apply it to various situations.

What is Mechanical Energy? - Definition & Examples

6. What is Mechanical Energy? - Definition & Examples

In physics, energy is how work gets done. This video describes one important type of energy, mechanical energy, and provides examples of both kinetic and potential mechanical energy.

Pulleys: Basic Mechanics

7. Pulleys: Basic Mechanics

Like other simple machines, pulleys can help us lift and move heavy loads with less effort. In this video lesson, you'll learn how pulleys do this as well as how this is possible while still obeying the law of conservation of energy.

Conservation of Mechanical Energy

8. Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Energy comes in many forms and for any system can never be created or destroyed. This holds true for mechanical energy, which also obeys this law of conservation of energy. In this video lesson, you'll explore how mechanical energy is converted or transferred between forms and objects.

Power: Definition and Mathematics

9. Power: Definition and Mathematics

Work involves moving an object with a force, but power tells us how quickly that work is done. In this lesson, you will learn about how power depends on both work and time as well as see examples of how to calculate power.

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