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What are energy points?

Energy points measure effort on Khan Academy. Learners earn more energy points for pushing the edge of their knowledge. They are not a measure of mastery or ability.   

As of 9/1/2013, you get points for learning tasks:

-- bonus points for completing computer programming challenges 
-- 750 points for each video completed

For practice problems: 
-- 75 points if it's in a practice task for something you're "needs practice" in
-- 5 if it's in a practice task that you are "practiced" or greater in
-- 50 if it's in a mastery task
 
You also get points for completing tasks:
-- 100 for a practice task
-- 300 for a mastery task
 
Badges are awarded for behaviors - some related to points, but not necessarily (e.g., mastery on exercises, speed, or other behaviors like building community or engaging with computer science).
 
As you get more energy points, new backgrounds will open up for you in your avatar editor in your profile.
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    This is somewhat usefully information, but it doesn't explain what they are used for. If there is no use what is the point in having them?

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    This is somewhat usefull information, but it doesn't explain what they are used for. If there is no use what is the point in having them?

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    I use them as a rewards point basis. My kiddos can redeem points for various rewards, similar to a credit card. The rewards I use are: extra electronic gadget time; stay up past bedtime for X amount of time; money; etc...

    As for myself, I just use it to keep track of my participation level.