HPS 0410 Einstein for Everyone Spring 2017




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Schedule

Week Lecture Date Recitation Date Lecture Topic Assignment Due Test
1 Wed. Jan. 4
Introduction: the questions.

2 Mon. Jan. 9
Special Relativity: the Principles.
Special Relativity: Clocks and Rods




Tues. Jan. 10

1. Principle of Relativity



Wed. Jan. 11
Special Relativity: Adding Velocities.
Relativity of simultaneity


3 NO CLASS Mon. Jan. 16.
Martin Luther King Day

Tues. Jan. 17 Add/drop ends
 




Tues. Jan. 17
2. Adding Velocities Einstein's Way

Wed. Jan. 18

Is special relativity paradoxical?



4 Mon. Jan 23
E=mc2



Tues. Jan. 24
  3. Relativity of Simultaneity


Wed. Jan. 25
Origins of special relativity
Einstein's Pathway to Special Relativity

Test 1
What is it on?
Grades
5 Mon. Jan. 30
Spacetime
Spacetime and the Relativity of Simultaneity




Tues. Jan. 31
4. Origins of Special Relativity
Optional E = mc2 review questions


Wed. Feb.1

Spacetime and the Relativity of Simultaneity
Spacetime, Tachyons, Twins and Clocks



6 Mon. Feb. 6
Skeptical Morals.
Morals About Theory and Evidence.




Tues. Feb. 7
5. Spacetime

Wed. Feb. 8
Morals About Theory and Evidence.
Morals About Time.

Test 2
What is it on?
Grades

7 Mon. Feb. 13

Euclidean Geometry: The First Great Science
Non-Euclidean Geometry: A Sample Construction
Non-Euclidean Geometry and Curved Spaces





Tues. Feb. 14

6. Philosophical Significance

Wed. Feb. 15

Spaces of Constant Curvature
Spaces of Variable Curvature



8 Mon. Feb. 20
General relativity



Tues Feb. 21
7. Curvature

Wed. Feb. 22
General relativity
Gravity Near a Massive Body

Test 3
What is it on?
9 Mon. Feb. 27
Einstein's Pathway to General Relativity



Tues.Feb. 28

8. General Relativity

Wed. Mar. 1

Relativistic cosmology




SPRING BREAK



10 Mon. Mar. 13
Relativistic cosmology
Time Travel Universes




Tues. Mar. 14

9. Relativistic Cosmology

Wed. Mar. 15
Our Universe: What We See
Big bang cosmology

Test 4
What is it on?
11 Mon. Mar. 20
Big bang cosmology



Tues. Mar. 21

10. Big Bang Cosmology I



Wed. Mar. 22
Big bang cosmology/
Must There Have Been a Big Bang?
Black holes


12 Mon. Mar. 27
Black holes



Tues. Mar. 28

Term paper topic submitted

11. Big Bang Cosmology II

Wed. Mar. 29
A Better Picture of Black Holes
Test 5
What is it on?
13 Mon. Apr. 3
A Better Picture of Black Holes



Tues. Apr.4

12. Black Holes

Wed. Apr.5
Origins of Quantum Theory

14 Mon. Apr. 10
Origins of Quantum Theory



Tues. Apr. 11


13. Origins of Quantum Theory

Wed. Apr. 12
Quantum Theory of Waves and Particles

15 Mon. Apr. 17
The Measurement Problem



Tues. Apr.18

14. Problems of Quantum Theory

Wed. Apr. 19 Term paper due Einstein on the Completeness of Quantum Theory
Test 6
What is it on?






Test 1. Wednesday January 25. 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: thePrinciples," "Special Relativity: Clocks and Rods," "Special relativity: Adding Velocities," "Relativity of Simultaneity," "Is SpecialRelativity Paradoxical?" and the assignments 1, 2 and 3.

Test 2. Wednesday February 8. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "E=mc2", "Origins of Special Relativity," "Einstein's Pathway to Special Relativity," the three "Spacetime" chapters and the assignments 4 and 5.

Test 3. Wednesday February 22. The material examinable is the content of the chapters: "Skeptical Morals," "Morals about Theory and Evidence," "Morals about Time," the chapters on Non-Euclidean Geometry, especially as summarized in "Spaces of Constant Curvature" and "Spaces of Variable Curvature"; and the assignments 6 and 7. The conventionality of simultaneity is excluded from the examinable "morals" sections.

Test 4. Wednesday March 15. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "General Relativity," "Gravity Near a Massive Body," "Einstein's Pathway to General Relativity," "Relativistic Cosmology" and "Time Travel Universes"; and the assignments 8 and 9.

Test 5. Wednesday March 29. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Our Universe: What We See," "Big Bang Cosmology" and "Must There Have Been a Big Bang": and the assignments 10 and 11.

Test 6. Wednesday April 19. The material examinable is the content of the chapters "Black Holes," "A Better Picture of Black Holes,""Origins of Quantum Theory," "Quantum Theory of Waves and Particles," "The Measurement Problem" and the assignments 12, 13 and 14.