Kinetic and Potential Energy
A lesson on potential and kinetic energy
• To introduce students to the two forms of energy: potential and kinetic.
To provide examples of each kind of energy.
To explain differences between potential and kinetic energy.
To explain the possible forms potential and kinetic energy can take.
To present exercises that test students? understanding of potential and kinetic energy.
To present exercises that ask students to demonstrate understanding through identification
?Kinetic? is another word for ?motion.? Scientists use it to define energy that is moving. For example, waves in the ocean have kinetic energy, because they are moving. Something as big as a plane in flight has kinetic energy, but size is not important. Atoms, which are the tiniest particles of matter, are also in motion. They have kinetic energy, too.
Kinetic energy can appear in many forms.