Overview: Students will observe how potential and kinetic energy relate to the transfer of energy from one marble to another when they collide. Students will introduce different variables (mass and height) and investigate the transfer of potential and kinetic energy in a sled collision online simulation. Students will build a ramp, test it, and measure the distance their cars travel caused by the collision. Students will create a presentation to share their findings with the class.
Content Standard: SC2015 4.3.) Investigate to determine changes in energy resulting from increases or decreases in speed that occur when objects collide.
National Standard: 4-PS3-3 Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.