Energy transfers in a system Energy transfers in a system


Energy can be transferred usefully, stored or dissipated, but cannot be created or destroyed.

Students should be able to describe with examples where there are energy transfers in a closed system, that there is no net change to the total energy.

Students should be able to describe, with examples, how in all system changes energy is dissipated, so that it is stored in less useful ways. This energy is often described as being ‘wasted’.

Students should be able to explain ways of reducing unwanted energy transfers, for example through lubrication and the use of thermal insulation.

The higher the thermal conductivity of a material the higher the rate of energy transfer by conduction across the material.

Students should be able to describe how the rate of cooling of a building is affected by the thickness and thermal conductivity of its walls.

Students do not need to know the definition of thermal conductivity.

WS 1.4- Explain everyday and technological applications of science; evaluate associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications; and make decisions based on the evaluation of evidence and arguments.

MS 3b Change the subject of an equation

MS 3c Substitute numerical values into algebraic equations using appropriate units for physical quantities

AT1 -Use of appropriate apparatus to make and record a range of measurements accurately, including length, area, mass, time, volume and temperature. Use of such measurements to determine densities of solid and liquid objects (links to A-level AT a and b).

AT5 Safe use of appropriate apparatus in a range of contexts to measure energy changes/ transfers and associated values such as work done (links to A-level AT a, b).


P1.6 - Dissipation



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Hydrogen balloons - kids can film in slow motion. May build my own but powered by mini whoosh bottle.