The new national curriculum

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The 2014 curriculum for England introduces some new ideas about energy, which imply that teachers should adapt their approaches to the topic.

  • Is the new curriculum better or just different from previous versions? What are the opportunities and where are the pitfalls?
  • Why is ‘energy values of different foods’ included under ‘Physics’ and not ‘Biology’? Is this a good place to start?
  • Why has the term ‘internal energy’ been introduced? What exactly does it mean?
  • What are the implications of ‘comparing the starting with the final conditions of a system’?
  • Why have references to dissipation been dropped? Does this make the energy concept easier for students to understand?
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