Learn Physics Through Videos (Khan Academy)
In this tutorial we begin to explore ideas of velocity and acceleration. We do exciting things like throw things off cliffs (far safer on paper than in real life) and see how high a ball will fly in the air.
You understand velocity and acceleration well in one-dimension. Now we can explore scenarios that are even more fun. With a little bit of trigonometry (you might want to review your basic trig, especially what sin and cos are), we can think about whether a baseball can clear the “green monster” at Fenway Park.
This is the meat of much of classical physics. We think about what a force is and how Newton changed the world’s (and possibly your) view of how reality works.
“Energy” is a word that’s used a lot. Here, you’ll learn about how it’s one of the most useful concepts in physics. Along the way, we’ll talk about work, kinetic energy, potential energy, conservation of energy, and mechanical advantage.
Momentum ties velocity and mass into one quantity. It might not be obvious why this is useful, but momentum has this cool property where the total amount of it never changes. This is called the conservation of momentum, and we can use it to analyze collisions and other interactions. Bam!
Everything you’ve learned about motion, forces, energy, and momentum can be reused to analyze rotating objects. There are some differences, though. Here, you’ll learn about rotational motion, moments, torque, and angular momentum.
Gravity is the force of attraction between masses. It’s the thing that pulls you down to earth. Here, you’ll learn precise meanings of the words mass and weight, and you’ll also learn how gravity affects falling near earth and orbits in space.
Pendulums. Slinkies. You when you have to use the bathroom but it is occupied. These all go back and forth over and over and over again. This tutorial explores this type of motion.
Atmospheric pressure is like an invisible friend who is always squeezing you with a big hug. Learn more about pressure, buoyant force, and flowing fluid so you can appreciate the sometimes invisible, but crucial, effect they have on us and the world around us.
Heat can be useful, but it can also be annoying. Understanding heat and the flow of heat allows us to build heat sinks that prevent our computers from overheating, build better engines, and prevent freeway overpasses from cracking.
Electric forces hold together the atoms and molecules in your eyes which allow you to read this sentence. Take a moment and learn about the force that holds our bodies together.
Circuits make computers, digital cameras, and video games possible. Circuits are driving an unprecedented rate of change in how we live. In this topic you’ll learn about the physics behind the electronic devices we use.
The magnetic field of the Earth shields us from harmful radiation from the Sun. Magnetic fields also allow us to diagnose medical problems using an MRI. In this topic you’ll learn about the force and field that makes this possible.
Faraday’s law is how we get electrical power from most power plants and hydroelectric dams. Learn how magnetic flux allows us to turn the mechanical energy of falling water through a dam into electrical energy.
Waves are responsible for basically every form of communication we use. Whether you’re talking out loud, texting on your phone, or waving to someone in a crowd there’s going to be a wave transmitting information. Learn about the basics of waves in this topic, then learn more about light waves in the topics below.
Light can seem mysterious. What is light made out of? What causes color? How do 3D movies work? Learn about some of the mysterious properties of light in these tutorials.
Light waves can be bent and reflected to form new and sometimes altered images. Understanding how light rays can be manipulated allows us to create better contact lenses, fiber optic cables, and high powered telescopes.
Think you know about time and space? Think again. Einstein basically did a pile driver on all our brains when he came up with his theory of special relativity. Note: This topic is under construction. More videos and materials will be added soon.