Work Done Against Gravity

Added by Craig Napier on Dec 15, 2008

This activity teaches that the work done against gravity to lift a ball is converted to gravitational potential energy, which is calculated using the formula Ep = mgh. This is studied through a simulation of a ball falling from different heights.

This item teaches:

  • the definition of work
  • the equation: work done = force x distance
  • the gravitational potential equation: Ep = mgh
  • about gravitational potential

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Objectives

  • Pupils should be able to perform calculations using the formula Ep = mgh.
  • Pupils should be able to distinguish between E and Ep.

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