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Hybrid Vehicles Cut Pollution

Lesson Description:
This lesson plan provides three separate activities helping students to better understand the advantages to hybrid vehicles.

By the end of this module, students will:
  • Know the definitions of internal combustion engine, hybrid electric vehicle, emissions, and pollution.
  • Be able to calculate the percentage reduction in emissions achieved by a hybrid electric vehicle.
  • Be able to calculate the increase in fuel mileage, or the decrease in fuel consumption, for a hybrid electric vehicle.
  • Be able to calculate the payback period for purchase of a hybrid electric vehicle.
  • Understand the difference between a part-to-part ratio, a part-to-whole ratio, and a rate.
  • Be able to set up and solve proportions using rates and ratios.
  • Be able to set up and solve percentages as proportions.
  • Be able to describe a linear relationship in terms of rate and starting point, using a graph, a table or an equation.
  • Be able to find the y-intercept and the x-intercept of a linear relationship, using a graph, a table or an equation.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
3-5 classes
School or Group:
US Department of Energy
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Located in: Science | Language Arts

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