Lesson 5 & 6

Exploring energy transfer and transformations

Lesson Overview

Exploring energy transfer and transformations

Throughout this lesson series, students will be introduced to the law of conservation of energy. Using the example of solar cells, students explore how usable energy is reduced during energy transfer and transformation such that the system is not 100 % efficient.

ACS Codes

ACSIS205 ACSIS208 ACSSU190 ACSIS198 ACSHE194 ACSIS200 ACSHE230 ACSIS206 ACSIS203 ACSIS204

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

  • Recognise that in energy transfer and transformation, a variety of processes can occur, so that the usable energy is reduced and the system is not 100% efficient.
  • Describe how a solar cell works to produce electricity and explain why solar cells are not 100% efficient.

Evidence of Learning

Can the student:

  • Explain how a solar cell operates and why they are not 100 % efficient.

Example Learning Sequence

  • Discuss how a solar cell works to generate electricity.
  • Investigate factors that impact on the cell’s efficiency.