The Mechanical Universe - Episode 14: Potential Energy

The Lessons of Phyz
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Question set to accompany Episode 14 of The Mechanical Universe (College).

POTENTIAL ENERGY [16 questions]

Potential energy provides a powerful model for understanding why the world has worked the same way since the beginning of time.

The Mechanical Universe of Phyz is a web page with links to every episode of The Mechanical Universe (original college telecourse) and every episode of The Mechanical Universe High School Adaptations. I organized the episodes into what I consider a more teacher-friendly order compared to the original sequence.

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2 Student Pages & 2 Key Pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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