Driver, Rosalind and Lynda Warrington

Students' Use of the Principle of Energy Conservation in Problem Situations
Physics Education

v20 n4 p171-76 Jul 1985

Investigated the extent to which 28 academically able students used energy conservation ideas in solving written and practical problems. Interviews show problems they had in understanding and using the concepts of work and energy and that the idea of energy conservation was rarely used spontaneously in relevant situations.