Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig

Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
Special Relativity Lab -- Application of Right Triangle Trig
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Special Relativity (SR) is a way of describing space and time developed by Albert Einstein. This lab will guide students through discovering the surprising effects of thinking of space and time in a new way. Rather than using a physical lab experiment, the students will follow Einstein's method of gedanken (thought) experiments. That means less setup and cleanup for the teacher! It DOES NOT follow the usual presentation of SR with bouncing photons which confuses thousands of college students every year. It is appropriate for students in Geometry who are learning the Pythegorean Theorem, rotations, similar triangles, and right triangle trigonometry.

Pre-planning:

60-90 minutes

arrange students into small groups for productive discussion

be familiar with the terminology of SR and the effects of length contraction, time dilation, and relative simultaneity

Prerequisite Knowledge:

Pythagorean theorem

right triangle trigonometry

rotation transformations

Learning Objectives:

the terminology of SR and the effects of length contraction, time dilation, and relative simultaneity

an external application of trigonometry

self-respect for having learned something society deems diffcult and confusing

Total Pages
5 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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