Special Relativity Teacher Resources
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The confusing negative properties of time and distance are clarified, quickly and succinctly, in a super-short clip. Make this a part of your presentation on the speed of light, or special relativity.
Students consider Einstein's theories of Relativity. In this physics lesson, students learn the questions that led Einstein to his theories. Students then create "Einsteinian Thought Experiments" of their own. This lesson includes 3 videos and 1 interactive activity.
In this nuclear chemistry worksheet, students determine the biological effects and the applications of nuclear chemistry. Then students use Einstein's theory of special relativity to complete 3 problems.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about Albert Einstein. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this nuclear chemistry worksheet, students are given the biological effects of nuclear radiation. They are also given a list of uses of nuclear chemistry and Einstein's theory of special relativity to calculate the energy change in three nuclear reactions.
Students research physical science by completing worksheets. In this gravity lesson, students read assigned text regarding the rotation of Earth and the gravitational force caused by the speed of which it rotates. Students complete a Frayer model regarding the information they read and conduct a class discussion.
What flies faster than the speed of light? A time traveler! This video explains the time-speed-distance relationship, time dilation, and the theoretical possibilities of time travel in a way that is super engaging. Along with the video, find multiple choice and discussion questions. In a Dig Deeper link, you will find more information and links to other related videos. Use this resource, along with another suggested video for how to slow time down in video-making and writing, to introduce a creative writing assignment for young physicists or as an enrichment when teaching about speed!
The History Channel presents a short video explaining gravity in terms of the fabric of space-time. These mind boggling concepts will be fascinating to your physics class. Show it as an introduction to relativity. Unfortunately the otherwise fabulous clip ends abruptly.
Let this video teach the basics of magnetism for you in a flipped classroom scenario. In a six-and-a-half minute feature, physics fans find out about the intrinsic properties of magnetism and its relation to electricity.
According to Einstein's theory of special relativity, nothing can go faster than the speed of light, but Einstein didn't know about neutrinos. In fact, physicists are just beginning to be able to study these tiny particles that zip through rock, flesh, and space faster than the speed of light... or do they? In the true nature of science, those who clocked the neutrinos at a speed nobody imagined possible are inviting other scientists to replicate the experiment to try to prove or disprove their results.
Students investigate how to optimize the power output of a photovoltaic cell using a home-made gnomon stand. They use data collected to create current-voltage and power-voltage curves and determine the "maximum power point," (MPP) at which their PV cell operates.
Students design a way to store wind energy. In this environmental engineering lesson plan, students discover the various ways in which windmills transform wind energy into usable energy for other things. In small groups, students create a windmill design of their own and present it to the class.
Students construct and compare different types of windmills. In this wind energy lesson, students use videos and interactive resources to research the history and design of windmills. They use a template to help them construct a windmill. They compare the effectiveness of the different windmill designs.
Learners complete an interactive Internet activity simulating the sequencing of DNA. In this genetics lesson plan, students use a virtual activity to act as scientists sequencing chromosomal DNA bases. They learn about the race to sequence the genome and explore sequenced DNA to learn about its functions. A Jeopardy game is provided to review the material with learners.
Students calculate distance, velocity, acceleration and time on their fantasy trip to the black hold. They apply Newton's Laws of Motion and calculate circular motion. They discuss any questions that may arise.
Students use the newspaper as a tool to make connections about what the five freedoms guarantee in the First Amendment. In this first amendment lesson plan, students analyze events in the newspaper to form conclusions about the freedoms of the First Amendment. Students develop critical thinking skills, decision-making, summary, writing, problem solving, and researching.
Students design and construct a solar-powered model car. They watch a PowerPoint presentation, construct the car in small groups, and participate in a car race.
Students design and build solar-powered cars. In this renewable energy lesson, students view websites showing a Department of Energy contest and solar-powered car design guidelines. They work in teams to design and build prototypes of a solar-powered car.
Students examine role of energy in our daily lives, explore several forms of energy production, and create an energy plan for their community or the country.