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?
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?
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.

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.