Physics: Relativity

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Summer 2017 (Second Session)
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Ever heard that the speed of light is the universal speed limit? What are the consequences of taking the speed of light to be constant? And what evidence do we have that the world actually works that way? Take a quick 5-week tour of Einstein's theory of relativity by completing a close reading of Richard Wolfson's book, Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified supplemented with mathematical models and analogies that illustrate the concepts. We will focus on special relativity though we may have time for a quick look at general relativity at the end of the tour. We will use some basic trigonometry and algebra, but the focus is conceptual, and the concepts are suitable for all levels. It will be helpful if you are interested in science from a philosophical perspective (or perhaps interested in philosophy from a scientific perspective).

Fields of study: 

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: science and education

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Weekend

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

9a-12:30p Saturdays and Sundays,  Aug. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, and Sep. 2-3