Energy and systems are fundamental, cross-cutting science concepts, and physics is the place to help students develop a deeper conceptual understanding. However, students hear what we say, not what we mean! Trying to simplify our discussions of work and energy (particularly potential energy) can generate increased confusion. We will look at a few examples of how common wording can generate incorrect models, and then see how to help our students develop a single coherent conceptual model that significantly impacts their ability to use more robust problem-solving approaches and to describe and model physical situations.
Hosted by Gay Stewart, lead author of College Physics for the AP® Physics 1 Course.
Gay Stewart is an Eberly Professor of STEM Education and Professor of Physics at WVU as well as the Director of the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education. She chaired the College Board®'s Science Academic Advisory Committee and co-chaired the AP® Physics Redesign commission. She was recently named winner of the AAPT’s 2019 Oersted Medal.