Hitting the Slopes

Hitting the Slopes

CRA Description : 
Students will examine some simple plots of a person sliding down a snow-covered hill on a sled and relate this to the riderʼs speed and position along the route. These plots will guide students though different aspects of conservation of energy – addressing initial potential and kinetic energy, conversion of potential to kinetic and vice-versa, total energy of a system, and transfer of energy to the surroundings via friction.
Subjects: 
Independent Study
Science
Physics
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Conservation of Energy
Energy loss and Non-Conserved System
Kinetic Energy
Potential Energy
Prior Knowledge: 
Conservation of Energy covered in Physics