Students and their ideas

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Many of the concepts in this topic relate to familiar experiences and everyday language, which can impede a scientific understanding.

  • What do students understand as the difference between heat and temperature?
  • What ideas do students have about temperature measurement?
  • How do students explain why metal feels colder than wood?
  • What kinds of objects and situations do students associate with the term ‘energy’?
  • What do students understand about the relationships between movement, force and energy?
  • Do students see energy as conserved?
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