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Re: [Phys-L] Energy-as-substance for introductory physics students

Time Magazine DID declare E= mc^2 to be the equation of the century.

On Oct 2, 2012, at 8:16 PM, wrote:

Dear all,

Recently, there are two papers from Physical Review which suggest utilizing energy-as-substance conceptual metaphor to help introductory physics students to understand energy conservation, storage, and transfer...

1. Eric Brewe (2011). Energy as a substancelike quantity that flows: Theoretical considerations and pedagogical consequences. Phys. Rev. ST Physics Ed. Research. 7(2), 020106.
You may download the paper from this website:

2. Rachel E. Scherr, Hunter G. Close, Sarah B. McKagan, and Stamatis Vokos (2013). Representing energy. I. Representing a substance ontology for energy. Phys. Rev. ST Physics Ed. Research.

There are two questions:
1. If an object has more kinetic energy, it will have more substance, and thus more mass?
2. The best universities may still prefer to introduce energy as abstract quantity instead of energy-as-substance. Perhaps, some "smarter" students in less competitive universities may feel unhappy that inaccurate definition of energy is introduced in their curriculum?


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