4-PS3-3: Energy in Collisions

Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide. (Energy and Matter)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the change in the energy due to the change in speed, not on the forces, as objects interact.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.


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Anchor Charts



Motion energy
Energy transfer to:
 - Object
 - Surrounding (e.g. heat and sound)

Learning Plans

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