Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity explained for physics students. The constancy of the speed of light, simultaneity, length contraction and time dilation. BYOD for animations.
This webinar is suitable for Year 12 physics learners studying Module 7: The Nature of light.
Hosted by Dr Paul Payne and moderated by Sydney Observatory’s Dr Andrew Jacob.
Is the speed of light (C) a constant in the vacuum of space? If not, what would the universe look like through Sydney Observatory’s telescopes? Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is one of the most famous though counterintuitive theories in science. Using custom 3D visualisation software, learners will be introduced, step by step, to the origins of time dilation using Pythagoras’ simple theorem – no complicated mathematics required. They will explore space-time to see why simultaneous events are special, and even visualise the concept of length contraction.
This webinar includes pre- and post-activities developed by Dr Paul Payne, an astrophysicist with more than 30 years’ specialised teaching experience using an online WebGL based animated program.
BYOD. Each participant will be provided with an anonymous login for their own device (IOS/Android) to access explanatory notes, animations and questions presented during the webinar.
Concise, illuminating and visually stunning, this experience should not be missed by any NSW physics student or their teachers.
A single class session complete with HSC style questions and solutions can also be booked on demand at a time to suit any school’s timetable for one class at a time. Follow the link for details.
Friday 11 February 2022 1:30-2:20pm AEDT
IS THIS A FREE EVENT? Yes
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Powerhouse museum
Dr Paul Payne has a PhD in astronomy from the university of NSW and has worked at the Parkes Radio Telescope and European Southern Observatory. Paul has been teaching astronomy and physics at Sydney Observatory for over 35 years. With a particular passion for Einstein’s relativity, Paul has developed a unique interactive graphical program and website to explain the theory. The graphical aids are used during Paul’s adult education course called Understanding Relativity and for his HSC Relativity online presentations.
Dr Andrew Jacob is Curator and Astronomer at MAAS – Sydney Observatory. Appointed in 2015 he cares for the Astronomy, Space and Sydney Observatory collections. He guided tours at Sydney Observatory for over twenty years – and still keeps his hand in. He is occasionally seen and heard on TV & radio when astronomical events catch the public’s attention.
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