Students use formulae to discover how energy is transferred from the engine and how much force is transferred from the engine.
This resource is for key stage 4 students who are covering forces and energy as part of the science element of the science (physics) curriculum for all exam boards.
It allows students who visit Isle of Wight Steam Railway to engage with the scientific aspects within this environment.
Students can use formulae to work out the energy transfer between the engine and the carriages. They will also analyse the energy requirements to move the carriages through various sections of the railway line.
Students will present their observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables, showing how they have completed equations.
Students need to have done some preparatory work on using the equation for calculating the amount of work done by a force, as well as kinetic energy and theories associated with this.
Completion of Science key stage 4 Isle of Wight Steam Railway resource linked to this document
Follow-up tasks could include: Class discussion of their overall findings at Isle of Wight Steam Railway; Completion of labelled diagrams, PowerPoint slides, or animations showing these examples
Students will be able to demonstrate, practise and consolidate their understanding of the scientific principles identified above.
Students will be able to practise and present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables whilst using and devising equations.