Starts on the Date/Time - Aug 29 2015 until 8 May 2017 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Registration is Closed!
This is a two semester class, you must register for this class in the fall of the school year.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Einstein Adds a New Dimension—Fall 2016, Spring 2017
In the final book in Joy Hakim’s Story of Science Series, we study the lost physics of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Why is it the lost physics? As many physics journals, associations, and science educators like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye have pointed out, prior to 2014, students in the United States will rarely encounter anything in physics that is less than 100 years old unless they major in physics or chemistry and even then, not until the second or third year in their programs.
Due in large part the physics education activist groups listed above, as of 2014, students who take the AP Physics 2 Exam, will finally be required to show some understanding of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. And, yet, these ideas are central to innovative technologies we use every day. The CRT tubes in televisions (and the x-ray sources the instructor worked on for bomb-detection equipment) were designed to compensate for relativistic effects because the photons approached the speed of light. GPS devices would not function without relativistic time correction. And, the thin and light laptop I am typing this was designed with quantum mechanical effects in mind because the components are so close together.
In this class, we will spend more time with online simulator experiments than in the other two books in this series– due to the subject matter. But, there are still hands-on experiments for the homework– like measuring the speed of light with your microwave oven and observing the Brownian motion that Einstein used to mathematically defend the atomic theory. Students should expect to spend 2 to 4 hours per week outside of class on reading, experiments and simulation exercises. Tests will be provided, but are OPTIONAL and usually designed by the class as a whole.
This is a 2-semester course. Students will need to register and pay for both semesters. While 4 experiments are repeated from the Newton and Aristotle Courses, students will encounter them on a different level.
Please note that this is a two-semester course.
Instructor: Andrea Whitson
5-10 students, 10 years and older
Time: Tuesday 9-10 am Pacific.
Weekly beginning Aug 29 2016
Class Registration Fee: $485.00 (GHF Members receive a $15 discount off of each class they sign up for)
GHF Members must be logged in to access the Member-only GHF Online registration form. The first day of class will be displayed on the Event Calendar.
Week 1: Light, Radiation, Time and Gravity
Week 2: Electricity and Magnetism 1
Week 3: Electricity and Magnetism 2
Week 4: Measuring Charges and Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles and their Kinetic and Potential Energy
Week 5: Marie Curie and X-rays
Week 6: Radiation and Waves
Week 7: THE 5 papers
Week 8: THE 5 papers
Week 9: THE 5 papers
Week 10: Seeing the Photon, Brownian Motion, Kinetic Theory
Week 11: Atoms and Spectral Emissions
Week 12: Photons, Alpha Particles and Quantum Leaps
Week 13: Crystal Lattice Structures and Material Science
Week 14: Schrodinger, Einstein and Quantum Debates
Week 15: E = mc2
Week 16: Fission
Week 1: Concept Review
Week 2: Fission & War
Week 3: More on the Manhattan Project
Week 4: Feynman Part 1
Week 5: Feynman Part 2
Week 6: Relativity
Week 7: Time, Events, Phase Space and Non-Euclidean Geometry
Week 8: Dimensions, the Train and the Twins
Week 9: Mass
Week 10: The Expanding Universe
Week 11: Singularities and Black Holes 1
Week 12: Singularities and Black Holes 2
Week 13: Singularities and Black Holes 3
Week 14: Gravity Waves
Week 15: Cosmology— the Big Bang
Week 16: Entanglement