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Energy: What is Energy?

by Max S. | Science

Learning Standards: MS.PS3.1 MS.PS3.2 MS.PS3.5 MS.PS3.1; MS.PS3.2; MS.PS3.5;
4 Lessons 13:01
  1. 1. What is Energy? 1:47
  2. 2. Kinetic or Potential? 4:59
  3. 3. Conservation of Energy 3:05
  4. 4. Roller Coaster Project 3:10



NGSS Standards

About the course

"Let’s learn about energy! Get acquainted with the motion of kinetic energy. See it’s give and take relationship with potential energy. And watch how, combined with the conservation of energy, they create the thrills of roller coasters.

Understand how motion surrounds you through the principles of kinetic energy and many forms of energy in everyday life."


Roller Coaster

Course overview


What is Energy?

Students will learn what energy is through brainstorming various examples


Kinetic or Potential?

Students will learn the determining factors behind both kinetic and potential energy and compare energies of objects


Conservation of Energy

Students will learn that energy is conserved through the swinging of a pendulum


Roller Coaster Project

Students will build their own mini roller coaster to see kinetic and potential energy at work

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  • Energy
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Potential Energy
  • Rollercoaster

Recommended Materials

Springs, Weights, String, Cardboard, Construction paper, Marble, Blocks


Max is a physics enthusiast and rising senior at Rutgers University. Academically, he is most intrigued by the intuitive and approachable nature of forces and mechanics. Outside of physics, Max likes to stay active and follow sports.

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