Chapter 8: Conservation of Energy

Study Plan

With the concepts developed in this chapter we can address questions such as:

  • How do pumped-storage power plants complement other power plants? (Physics in Practice: Hydroelectric Pumped Storage, page 242)
  • What is the speed of water spurting out of the shaft at the bottom? (Example 3, page 242)
  • How much gravitational potential energy is stored in the upper reservoir, and how much available electric energy does this represent? (Example 5, page 249)
  • When generating power at its maximum capacity, at what rate does the power plant remove water from the upper reservoir? How many hours can it run? (Example 10, page 257)

Organize

  1. Prepare for lecture by reading the assigned sections from Chapter 8 in your textbook or ebook. This will provide an organizing framework for concepts introduced in lecture, and help you take better notes.
  2. Take the checkup quiz and work the Checkup questions in your textbook to assess your understanding of basic concepts. Take note of any topics you need to review further.
  3. Review the Examples from your textbook. These progress from simple to complex, and provide concrete illustrations of the concepts discussed.
  4. Review the Problem Solving Techniques box on Energy Conservation from your textbook.

Learn

  1. Re-read Chapter 8 and review your lecture notes.
  2. Access the Online Concept Tutorials given for this chapter. Tutorials use animation and interactive exercises to help develop your understanding of fundamental topics.
    Conservation of Energy
    Sections: 8.1, 8.3, 8.5
  3. Use the FlashCards to test your memory for new key terms and equations.
  4. Work the end of chapter Problems and Review Problems assigned by your instructor. If your instructor has assigned SmartWork online homework, login from the right navigation pane.

Connect

  1. Throughout the text Physics in Practice boxes explore real-world applications of core concepts in specific detail. In Chapter 8 see:
    Concept in Context Physics in Practice: Hydroelectric Pumped Storage
  2. Physics in the News offers additional real-world physics applications, and a daily dose of science-based news.

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