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Friday, March 23, 2012

3-23-2012 Roller Coaster Science - CCCS for Science

5.2 Physical Science: All students will understand that physical science principles, including fundamental ideas about matter, energy, and motion, are powerful conceptual tools for making sense of phenomena in physical, living, and Earth systems science.

D. Energy Transfer and Conservation :  The conservation of energy can be demonstrated by keeping track of familiar forms of energy as they are transferred from one object to another.

By the end of grade
Content Statement


Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)

The flow of current in an electric circuit depends upon the components of the circuit and their arrangement, such as in series or parallel. Electricity flowing through an electrical circuit produces magnetic effects in the wires.
Use simple circuits involving batteries and motors to compare and predict the current flow with different circuit arrangements.
  1. Weather
  2. Energy
  3. Energy Skate Park
  4. Kinetic City
  5. Coaster Simulation
  6. Infrared Astronomy
  7. Heat Transfer and Efficiency
  8. Fuels From Crude Oil
  9. Radiation, Conduction, and Convection
  10. Polymers and Ethanol From Oil
  11. Magnetism and Electricity
  12. Electricity
  13. Generating Electricity
  14. Using Electricity
  15. Producing Electricity
  16. Voltage, Current, and Resistance
  17. Advances in Electrical Devices
  18. Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
  19. Physics of Sound

When energy is transferred from one system to another, the quantity of energy before transfer equals the quantity of energy after transfer. As an object falls, its potential energy decreases as its speed, and consequently its kinetic energy, increases. While an object is falling, some of the object’s kinetic energy is transferred to the medium through which it falls, setting the medium into motion and heating it.
Relate the kinetic and potential energies of a roller coaster at various points on its path.
Nuclear reactions take place in the Sun. In plants, light energy from the Sun is transferred to oxygen and carbon compounds, which in combination, have chemical potential energy (photosynthesis).
Describe the flow of energy from the Sun to the fuel tank of an automobile.

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