Updated June 2014

Khan Academy: Physics

Use video tutorials selectively to help students avoid misconceptions

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  • Critical Thinking
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Khan Academy's Physics section provides video tutorials for a broad range of topics, including One & Two Dimensional Motion, Forces, Laws of Motion, Work, Energy, Momentum, Thermodynamics, Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, and Optics. However, it's important to know that the content here isn't as robust as you'll find elsewhere on Khan Academy. The math lessons, for example, are filled with formative skill assessments that you won't find here, without the missions interface. One exception here is the section on Newton’s Laws of Motion, which includes two short skills assessments. Be aware, though -- the “hint” provided for Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion doesn't help kids figure out the correct answer; it simply gives them the correct answer. Use these physics lessons selectively, and preview them first before sending them to students. Some videos could lead to confusion or misconceptions. When you find a video you'd like to send to your students, simply click Recommend Task from the teacher dashboard.

Full Disclosure: Khan Academy and Common Sense Education share funders; however, those relationships do not impact Common Sense Education's editorial independence and this learning rating.

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Cynthia A. , Classroom teacher
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Ridge High School
Basking Ridge, United States
Can be used as supplemental lessons.
As supplemental material, it is great. Or it could work for a student who has been absent but doesn't want to miss the material. Not really sure how it could be implemented as a whole class activity, but terrific for individual use!
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