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Mechanical Energy


Mechanical energy is the energy which is possessed by an object due to its motion or its stored energy of position. Mechanical energy can be either kinetic energy (energy of motion) or potential energy (stored energy of position).

Foundational Objectives and Common Essential Learnings

In this unit students will increase their abilities to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to environmental issues.

  • Recognize the importance of developing an understanding of energy.
  • Appreciate that different cultures may regard certain issues differently.
  • Recognize the impact that science and technology have on other realms.
  • Act responsibly as scientifically literate individuals in helping to shape public opinion.
  • Recognize the impact of technology on human lifestyles and on the environment.
  • Promote both intuitive, imaginative thought and the ability to evaluate ideas, processes, experiences and objects in physics in meaningful contexts. (CCT)
  • Strengthen their understanding within physics through applying knowledge of numbers and their interrelationships. (NUM)
  • Develop their appreciation of the value and limitations of technology within society. (TL)
  • Understand and use the vocabulary, structures and forms of expression which characterize physics. (COM)
  • Develop into compassionate, empathetic and fair-minded people who can make positive contributions to society as individuals and as members of groups. (PSVS)
  • Access knowledge. (IL)




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