Energy: Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It

NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book)

Confounded by kinetic energy? Suspect that teaching about simple machines isn’t really so simple? Exasperated by electricity? If you fear the study of energy is beyond you, this entertaining book will do more than introduce you to the topic. It will help you actually understand it. At the book’s heart are easy-to-grasp explanations of energy basics—work, kinetic energy, potential energy, and the transformation of energy—and energy as it relates to simple machines, heat energy, temperature, and heat transfer. Irreverent author Bill Robertson suggests activities that bring the basic concepts of energy to life with common household objects. Each chapter ends with a summary and an applications section that uses practical examples such as roller coasters and home heating systems to explain energy transformations and convection cells. The final chapter brings together key concepts in an easy-to-grasp explanation of how electricity is generated. Energy is the second book in the Stop Faking It! series published by NSTA Press. Titles in the series are written with clarity, creative flair, and special empathy for science teachers and parents in search of a stress-free way to learn the basics.

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  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:35 AM

Once again, Bill Robertson answers all my questions about Energy and questions I didn't even know I would have. The transformation of energy is something I really want to stress to our students and thanks to his book, I now have the background to go forth and find curriculum that emphasizes that information CORRECTLY for my next unit. I'm done faking my way through physics (like I did in college to pass the class!).

Meera S  (Columbia, MO)
Meera S (Columbia, MO)

  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:50 PM

I use this series in homeschooling, and find that they are a good, highly readable overview of the essential concepts of the topics they cover. Occasionally, the attempts at "geek humor" get in the way of using the book. For example, the chapter on simple machines is titled "It Slices, It Dices- It Gathers Dust!" Cute, but it makes the table of contents less useful. (Just skip to the index to look up a scientific term.)

Janet C  (, )
Janet C (, )

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