Energy Stores and Transfers

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Understand that when a force makes things change it mechanically transfers energy between different energy stores.

  • Understand that friction transfers energy mechanically into a heat store of energy.

  • Identify objects that have a store of energy

  • Identify the energy stores at the start and the end of an event

  • Explain how energy is almost always transferred to the heat store of the surroundings

  • Identify where energy is transferred by rubbing

  • Identify different ways that energy can be transferred

  • Identify actions that transfer energy

  • Use precise language to describe transfers of energy between energy stores

  • Represent energy transfers in events using Sankey diagrams

The resources include details of common misconceptions and a summary of the research upon which the resources are based.

Download the zip file for all the questions and activities.

More resources like this can be found on the BEST webpage:  Best Evidence in Science Teaching

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