Special Relativity and Modern Physics

Video: Einstein's Big Idea
Video: EInstein's Miracle Year (TED ED, Larry Lagerstrom, 5:16)
Video - Physics Girl - Can you push a spacecraft with light?

Special Relativity Outline 2017-18 and Postulates of Special Relativity

Topic
Class Handouts
Homework
Feb. 27
Intro to Special Relativity
Postulates of Special Relativity
Worksheet: Velocity and Frames of Reference
Einstein's Annus Mirabilis and Postulates of Special Relativity
Article: A Brief History of Relativity

Video - Special Relativity and Simultaneity
Read pg. 562 - 568
Read pg. 29, 32 of A brief history of relativity
March 1
Time Dilation
Worksheet: The Light Clock and Time Dilation
The Light Clock and Time Dilation - solutions
Worksheet: Why don't we notice time dilation?
Why don't we notice time dilation? - solutions
Article: Everyday Relativity

Video - Time Travel and Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity
Read pg. 569-72
Pg. 573 #2, 3
March 5
Length Contraction
Visualizing Relativity
Time dilation practice problems
Worksheet: Distance and Velocity
Distance and Velocity - solutions

Video - The Twin Paradox(Physics Girl, 5:45)
Video - How does your smartphone know your location? (TED-ED, 5:03)

Einstein's Paper: On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies

Video - Time Dilation Experiment
Read pg. 573-575
Pg. 576 #5, 8
Read pg. 42 (bottom) of A brief history of relativity
March 7
Energy: E = mc2
Worksheet: Group Challenge Problems - Space Travel
Group Challenge Problem - Space Travel - solutions
Worksheet: Mass Energy Equivalence
Worksheet: Relativity Problems
Video - Carl Saga on Special Relativity
video - Derivation of E=mc2(Minute Physics - 2:10)
Einstein's Article: Does the inertia of a body depend on its energy content?

Read pg. 580 – 584
Pg. 583 #3, pg. 584 #5, 9
March 9
Special relativity problem solving
Problems - Special Relativity
Problems - Special Relativity - solutions
Worksheet: Relativity Problems
Read pg. 32, 41-43 of A brief history of relativity (General Relativity)
March 20
Review


March 26
Quiz

Postulates of Special Relativity, Time dilation, length contraction, energy problems