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1 Technical requirements  

1.1 System requirements

 PC: Windows 2000 / XP
 Mac: OsX
 256MB RAM or more
 16 speed CD-ROM drive or faster

1.2 Web browser

 A JavaScript-enabled web browser
 PC: Internet Explorer 6 or later, Netscape 7 or later, Firefox 1.5* or later
 Mac: Safari 1.0 or later
    *Preferred browser. To get Firefox go to:-

1.3 Screen resolution

 This CD-ROM is designed for screens with resolution 1024 by 768; at lower screen resolutions some scrolling may be necessary.

1.4 Software requirements

 Macromedia Flash Player 6 or above is needed to play the flash content.
    To get the Flash browser plug-in go to:-

2 Loading instructions

 Insert the disc into the CD-ROM drive.
 The CD-ROM should auto-run on PC if that feature is enabled. If not, or if you are a Mac user open Windows Explorer, or Mac Finder and double-click the 'index.htm' file. This is a HTML page so it should open in the computer's default page.
 The CD-ROM should load in your browser.

3 Navigation

3.1 Main sections

   You can click the menu buttons at the top of the interface to navigate to the main sections of the CD-ROM:

 Teacher view
This section includes the twelve booklets and corresponding animations, suitable for use by teachers. The twelve booklets are grouped as follows:

Temperature and energy, booklets 1-5
Energy stores and transfers, booklets 6-9
Conservation and dissipation, booklets 10-12
  Student view
This section contains the animations only, suitable for student use in the classroom.
  Energy Issues
A description of issues to be aware of teaching energy.

3.2 Booklets

   Each of the twelve booklets on this CD-ROM comprises 6 sections listed below. Simply click on the buttons at the top of the booklet to navigate to the appropriate page, or alternatively use the prev and next buttons to go through the pages in order. Animations can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail image.

 Practical activity
The focus of the practical activity is on supporting the development of concepts that are central to an understanding of the theme.
  Visualising the ideas
Visual resources that make the link from the 'real world' of practical activity to the 'imagined world' of scientific ideas.
  In the classroom
How the practical activity and visual resources can be used in teaching, and questions that can support learning.
  Students ideas
A summary of the key learning difficulties students have, and links to the 'Students' ideas' booklet.
  More information
Links to relevant booklets in Energy Now, and other useful websites and reference material.
4 Technical support
Visit the SEP website at for more details.
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