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Physical Science: Energy

Academic journal article Science Scope

Physical Science: Energy

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Physical Science: Energy

By Ella Newell. $31.95. 48 pp. Gareth Stevens Publishing. New York. 2014. ISBN: 9781433995088.

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Why study energy? Teaching about energy and how energy is transformed is one of the basic concepts in the toolkit for student understanding in order to relate their lives to science taught in school. This book does an excellent job of explaining why it is important for students to study energy.

It begins with the definition of energy, but quickly moves to matter and types and forms of energy, and then incorporates interesting facts about light, sound, thermal, nuclear, and chemical energy to hook the reader into wanting to learn more. This book does just that: It gives the reader more. Energy transformations, stored energy, super science facts about electric eels, buried energy in the form of chemical energy, and nuclear energy pros and cons--this book has it all.

I was especially impressed with the facts about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and how people use them. The pictures are great and the facts are current, but the most appealing aspect of the book is that students will come away with an understanding of how their personal energy use impacts the world. …

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