HPS 0410 | Einstein for Everyone | Fall 2008 |

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Revision: December 8, 2008

Week | Lecture Date | Recitation Date | Lecture Topic | Assignment Due | Test |

1 | Mon. Aug. 25 | Introduction: the questions. | |||

Mon. Aug. 25 Tues. Aug. 26 Wed. Aug. 27 |
1. The Wild and the Wonderful | ||||

Wed. Aug. 27 | Special relativity: the basics. | ||||

2 | Mon. Sep. 1 | Mon. Sep. 1 What about my assignment? |
Labor Day. University closed. | ||

Tues. Sep. 2 Wed. Sep. 3 |
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Wed. Sep. 3 | Special relativity: the basics. | ||||

Fri. Sep. 5.Add/drop ends | |||||

3 | Mon. Sep. 8 |
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Mon. Sep. 8 Tues. Sep. 9 Wed. Sep. 10 |
3. Relativity of Simultaneity | ||||

Wed. Sep. 10 | E=mc^{2} |
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4 | Mon. Sep. 15 | Origins of special relativity | |||

Mon. Sep 15 Tues. Sep. 16 Wed. Sep. 17 |
4. Energy, Mass and Adding Velocities | ||||

Wed. Sep. 17 | Origins of special relativity | Test 1 What is it on? Grades |
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5 | Mon. Sep. 22 | Spacetime | |||

Mon. Sep. 22 Tues. Sep. 23 Wed. Sep. 24 |
5. Origins of Special Relativity | ||||

Wed. Sep. 24 | |||||

6 | Mon. Sep 29 | What is a four
dimensional space like? Philosophical significance of relativity |
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Mon. Sep. 29 Tues. Sep. 30 Wed. Oct. 1 |
6. Spacetime | ||||

Wed. Oct. 1 | Philosophical significance of relativity | Test 2 What is it on? Grades |
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7 | Mon. Oct. 6 | ||||

Mon. Oct. 6 Tues. Oct. 7 Wed. Oct. 8 |
7. Philosophical Significance | ||||

Wed. Oct. 8 | |||||

8 | Mon. Oct. 13 | Monday classes rescheduled to Tuesday. Tuesday classes cancelled. What about my assignment? | |||

Tues. Oct 14 | Non-Euclidean
geometry Spaces of Variable Curvature |
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Mon. Oct. 13 class meets on Tues Oct. 14 Wed. Oct. 15 |
8. Non-Euclidean Geometry | ||||

Wed. Oct. 15. | General relativity | Test 3 What is it on? Grades |
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9 | Mon. Oct. 20 | General relativity | |||

Mon. Oct. 20 Tues. Oct. 21 Wed. Oct. 22 |
9. Curvature | ||||

Wed. Oct. 22 | |||||

10 | Mon. Oct. 27 | Relativistic cosmology | |||

Mon. Oct. 27 Tues. Oct. 28 Wed. Oct. 29 |
10. General Relativity | ||||

Wed. Oct. 29 | Relativistic cosmology | Test 4 What is it on? Grades |
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11 | Mon. Nov. 3 | Big bang cosmology | |||

Mon. Nov. 3 Tues. Nov. 4 Wed. Nov. 5 |
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Wed. Nov. 5 | Big bang cosmology/ Black holes |
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12 | Mon. Nov. 10 | Black holes | |||

Mon. Nov. 10 Tues. Nov. 11 Wed. Nov. 12 Term paper topic submitted |
12. Big Bang Cosmology | ||||

Wed. Nov. 12 | A Better Picture of Black Holes | Test 5 What is it on? Grades |
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13 | Mon. Nov. 17 | A Better Picture of Black Holes | |||

Mon. Nov. 17 Tues. Nov. 18 Wed. Nov. 19 |
13. Black Holes | ||||

Wed. Nov. 19 | Origins of Quantum Theory | ||||

14 | Mon. Nov. 24 | Origins of Quantum Theory/Problems of Quantum Theory | |||

Mon. Nov. 24 Tues. Nov. 25 Mon. Dec. 1 |
14. Origins of Quantum Theory | ||||

Wed. Nov. 26 | Wed. Nov. 26 What about my assignment? |
Thanksgiving Recess | |||

15 | Mon. Dec. 1 | Problems of Quantum Theory | |||

Mon. Dec. 1 Tues. Dec. 2 Wed. Dec. 3 |
15. Problems of Quantum Theory | ||||

Wed. Dec. 3 | Term paper due | Problems of Quantum Theory | Test 6 What is it on? Grades |
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Test 1. Wednesday September 17. The test will be in the first 15 minutes of class and will consist of 3-4 questions requiring answers of a few sentences each. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Special relativity: the basics" and "Is special relativity paradoxical?" and the assignments 2-4.

Test 2. Wednesday October 1. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Origins of Special Relativity" and "Spacetime" and the assignments 5 and 6.

Test 3. Wednesday October 15. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Philosophical Significance of Relativity" and "Non-Euclidean Geometry" and the assignments 7 and 8.

Test 4. Wednesday October 29. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Spaces of Variable Curvature" and "General Relativity" and the assignments 9 and 10.

Test 5. Wednesday November 12. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Relativistic Cosmology" and "Big Bang Cosmology" and the assignments 11 and 12.

Test 6. Wednesday December 3. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Black Holes," "A Better Picture of Black Holes" and "Origins of Quantum Theory" and the assignments 13 and 14.