Middle School


Kinetic Energy of an Object
Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.

Potential Energy of the System
Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

Thermal Energy Transfer Solution
Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

Thermal Energy Transfer
Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.

Energy Transfer to or from an Object
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.


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