Resource 1: Some common misunderstandings about energy

This resource is for use with Activity 1.

  • Energy can be used up.
  • Objects only have energy when they are moving.
  • Objects keep moving until the energy is ‘used up’.
  • Energy is often lost in energy transfers.
  • Energy is a substance.
  • Energy is fuel.
  • Force is the same as energy.
  • Force is the same as work.
  • Biological processes, such as photosynthesis or respiration, produce energy.
  • Some objects/materials are naturally warmer than others.

Resource 2: Some ways of eliciting your students’ ideas about energy and work