A 4-page worksheet
that covers gravitational potential energy calculations (GPE=mgh)
through a set of 8 word problems
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.
feature 8 supplementary word problems
that require students to solve for each of the 3 variables.
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.
- 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)
- Full color-coded answer key
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!
Downloadable in 2 Formats!
This worksheet comes in 2 formats: a PDF document
and fully-editable WORD document
Feel free to download full PDF preview
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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.
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