High School Physics online video courses and MOOCs?

In summary, the conversation discusses recommendations for video courses on physics for high school students. The suggested courses include "How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics" from Coursera and "Intro to Physics" from Udacity. Other recommendations include Walter Lewin's lecture series, Brilliant's dynamics bootcamp course, and the Science Olympiad website for wave physics. The individual seeking recommendations is looking for a course that is accessible for their 14-year-old son with a basic knowledge of math, but also teaches the basics of science and sparks an interest in physics.
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Hi Everybody,

Could you please point me to some good video courses on Physics for the High School level and generally of the introductory level?

What I could find meanwhile are: "How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics" from Coursera
and "Intro to Physics" from Udacity.

I am looking for something which is accessible for my 14 y/o son with a good, but pretty non-advanced knowledge of school math (which in his age and in Canada practically means no knowledge of math at all), but on the other side which does not much compromises on teaching some basics of science and ideas and not just entertaining kids. I want him somehow to start seeing beauty and intellectual depth of physics (even at High School level), not necessarily get immediately a good control on the subject (like being able to solve textbook physical problems), but to get some push so he could have some minimal, at least, interest and respect to physics.

Practically, any High School video course will go, I'll anyway need to do my selection, so what I said above is more about my attitude than what you need to take into account when proposing me some course.

Thanks in advance.
 
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these are at high school level:




In my opinion Walter Lewin's lecture series is by far the best! (It uses single variable calc.)



I have also heard the course offered by Brilliant is pretty good(but it is not free)

https://brilliant.org/courses/dynamics-bootcamp/
 
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I think Kahn academy is a good resource, worth checking out anyway.
 
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For wave physics you can use the Science Olympiad website:
https://www.soinc.org/crave-wave-b
Although it's mostly based on the official SciOly rules it's also helpful for classes and independent studying.
 

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