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The Physics Teacher
written by Leslie Atkins Elliott, Craig Erstad, Paul Gudeman, Jacob McGowan, Kristin Mulhern, Kaitlyn Prader, Gregoria Rodriguez, Amy Showaker, and Adam Timmons
Energy is a topic that is often treated as an accounting process--a number that students are asked to calculate, but that is not particularly meaningful in itself. When we try to ascribe meaning to this number ("an ability to do work," for example), we are met with caveats and hedges. As Feynman1 notes when lecturing on the conservation of energy, it "is not a description of a mechanism, or anything concrete; it is just a strange fact that we can calculate some number and when we finish watching nature go through her tricks and calculate the number again, it is the same." These calculations allow us to infer more meaningful quantities: how fast an object will move, how far it will travel, how compressed it will become, or how hot it will feel. But energy itself, particularly in introductory physics, rarely gives insights into physical problems.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 52, Issue 3, Pages 152-156
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10.1119/1.4865517
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Energy Project, Law of Conservation of Energy, energy animation, energy conversion, energy transfer, modeling energy
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L. Atkins Elliott, C. Erstad, P. Gudeman, J. McGowan, K. Mulhern, K. Prader, G. Rodriguez, A. Showaker, and A. Timmons, , Phys. Teach. 52 (3), 152 (2014), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4865517).
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L. Atkins Elliott, C. Erstad, P. Gudeman, J. McGowan, K. Mulhern, K. Prader, G. Rodriguez, A. Showaker, and A. Timmons, Animating Energy: Stop-Motion Animation and Energy Tracking Representations, Phys. Teach. 52 (3), 152 (2014), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4865517>.
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Atkins Elliott, L., Erstad, C., Gudeman, P., McGowan, J., Mulhern, K., Prader, K., Rodriguez, G., Showaker, A., & Timmons, A. (2014, February 20). Animating Energy: Stop-Motion Animation and Energy Tracking Representations. Phys. Teach., 52(3), 152-156. Retrieved July 19, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4865517
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Atkins Elliott, L, C. Erstad, P. Gudeman, J. McGowan, K. Mulhern, K. Prader, G. Rodriguez, A. Showaker, and A. Timmons. "Animating Energy: Stop-Motion Animation and Energy Tracking Representations." Phys. Teach. 52, no. 3, (February 20, 2014): 152-156, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4865517 (accessed 19 July 2024).
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Atkins Elliott, Leslie, Craig Erstad, Paul Gudeman, Jacob McGowan, Kristin Mulhern, Kaitlyn Prader, Gregoria Rodriguez, Amy Showaker, and Adam Timmons. "Animating Energy: Stop-Motion Animation and Energy Tracking Representations." Phys. Teach. 52.3 (2014): 152-156. 19 July 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4865517>.
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