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# Worksheet - Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE) Word Problems (Part 1)

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A 4-page worksheet that covers gravitational potential energy calculations (GPE=mgh) through a set of 8 word problems.

Page 1 provides a summary of gravitational potential energy (GPE), including its definition, how GPE can change depending on an object’s mass and height above the ground, and the GPE equation (GPE=mgh). The summary also includes the proper formula triangle for GPE and describes how to use it to solve for the 3 different variables: GPE, m, and h. Finally, the summary lists the 4 elements of a correct solution, including (1) the correct formula, (2) correct rough work, (3) correct answer rounded to the proper significant figures, and (4) correct units.

Pages 1-2 feature 8 introductory word problems that require students to solve for each of the 3 variables.

Pages 3-4 feature a full color-coded answer key that can be used by the teacher alone, displayed to students on a screen/interactive white board, or handed out to students who have completed the document.

Contents:

- Review of gravitational potential energy
- Review of the GPE equation (GPE=mgh)
- Use of a formula triangle to solve for each variable (GPE, m, and h)
- 4 features of a complete solution
- Sample word problem and solution
- 8 leveled word problems (all designed to use significant figures)

NOTE: Significant Figures Included!

All problems are designed to involve correct significant figures and have corresponding answer keys that also include “sig figs”. Feel free to modify the document if this is not part of your curriculum!

This worksheet comes in 2 formats: a PDF document and fully-editable WORD document

Feel free to download full PDF preview to see exactly what you are getting!

Relevant CC Standard(s) and/or NGSS Core Idea(s) Addressed by This Product:

NGSS - MS-PS3.A
Physical Science – Energy – Definitions of Energy

NGSS - MS-PS3.B
Physical Science – Energy – Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

CCSS - Math 7.EE.B.3
Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

NOTE: This Product is Part of a Larger Bundle!

This product is 1 worksheet of a 6-document set on energy word problems. Feel free to click on the links below to look at the other relevant products:

BUNDLE - Gravitational Potential Energy & Kinetic Energy Word Problems & Quiz
BUNDLE - Gravitational Potential (GPE) & Kinetic Energy (KE) Quizzes (X3)

Worksheet - Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE) Word Problems (Part 1)
Worksheet - Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE) Word Problems (Part 2)
Worksheet - Kinetic Energy (KE) Word Problems (Part 1)
Worksheet - Kinetic Energy (KE) Word Problems (Part 2)
Worksheet - Gravitational Potential Energy & Kinetic Energy Word Problems
Quiz - Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE) & Kinetic Energy (KE) Word Problems

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