Physics on the Edge

Physics on the Edge introduces the concept of energy by showing that two different types of energy, kinetic and potential, are equivalent in the sense that they can produce the same results. In this case the result is a smashed car, either dropped from a height or run into a wall. Another demonstration takes place at a skateboard park showing that kinetic and potential energy can transform into each other.

The three modules are (1) Scientific Inquiry; (2) Potential Energy; and (3) Transforming Energy

Videos in This Series

Scientific Inquiry

Observation is key in science. Using this principle, explain how a car might get its front smashed. Can there be more than one explanation?

Potential Energy Defined

Kinetic energy is moving energy. Potential energy is possible energy.

Transforming Energy

Energy can be transformed from kinetic to potential, and vice versa