Labs from Chicago - Fall, 1993 - Energy.

Here are most of the labs and lesson plans used by Dr. Rich Kron, Dr. Heidi Newberg, and Luisa Rebull for a class on energy targeted at High School freshmen during the Fall Quarter 1993.

At the beginning of each lab, there was a brief quiz on the information from the previous week. These are included here as well.

Important Disclaimers and Caveats


Conservation of Momentum.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We get to play with airtracks to explore conservation of momentum. Quiz from the following week.

Kinetic Energy.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We continue to play with airtracks to explore kinetic energy. Quiz from the following week.

Gravitational Potential Energy.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We video tape a falling ball to try to quantify potential energy. Quiz from the following week.

Thermal Energy.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We learn about heat capacity and motions of atoms and molecules. Quiz from the following week.

Mechanical Potential Energy.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We use springs to launch small wooden objects to measure mechanical potential energy. Quiz from the following week.

Electrical Energy.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We start to learn about electrical power. Quiz from the following week.

Chemical Energy.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We use batteries and "handwarmer packs" to learn about chemical energy. Quiz from the following week.

Light as a Form of energy.
(written by Kron/Newberg/Rebull)
We learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and work with light bulbs. Quiz from the following week.

The last week was an open-house where the students demonstrated each lab we had done for their parents and some OSP staff members.