Einstein Adds a New Dimension – Fall 2016, Spring 2017

Starts on the Date/Time - Aug 29 2015 until 8 May 2017 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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This is a two semester class, you must register for this class in the fall of the school year.
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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.Einstein

andrea whitson GHF GHFO Aristotle Newton KerballInstructor: 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. 


Semester 1

 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 papersmarie curie

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

Semester 2

Week 1: Concept Reviewschrodinger

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 Universeblack hole

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


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