This resource is a 6-page activity for students that will guide them through the use of the PhET simulation Energy Skate Park: Basics as they explore kinetic, potential, thermal and total energy. The activity guides students through three explorations and a culminating activity. The explorations are about the relationship between speed, potential energy and kinetic energy, the relationship between mass and energy, and the role of friction in energy conversions. The culminating activity has students apply their knowledge to design a working loop-de-loop skater track.
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