Special Relativity Teacher Resources

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Students consider Einstein's theories of Relativity. In this physics instructional activity, students learn the questions that led Einstein to his theories. Students then create "Einsteinian Thought Experiments" of their own. This instructional activity includes 3 videos and 1 interactive activity.
For 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! 
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 design a way to store wind energy. In this environmental engineering lesson, 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.
High schoolers 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.
Young scholars investigate the processes and characteristics of volcanoes. They watch real-life videos of volcanoes and identify the physical features and eruption types, create a notebook of volcano characteristics, and identify volcano locations on a map.
Students research and describe the causes of earthquakes and identify where earthquakes are likely to occur. They view videos, explore interactive software and use Silly Putty and sugar cubes to illustrate the forces at work behind an earthquake.
Students use videos and maps as a springboard for a discussion in which they differentiate between natural disasters and natural hazards. They explore steps being taken to minimize the impact of hazards and disasters and create and interpret a natural hazard map of the United States.
Learners 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 complete an interactive Internet activity simulating the sequencing of DNA. In this genetics lesson, 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 students.
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 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.
Students work toward understanding the limitations of renewable energy resources if there is no system available for storing the energy.
Students examine several forms of energy production in the world.  In this science lesson, students research and question our energy resources on a global scale.  In the culmination of the unit students will design an energy plan.
Students navigate the web to research energy concepts.  In this investigative instructional activity students describe their perceptions of energy and identify how those changed after completing a survey.
Students distinguish safe forms of radiation from those that are dangerous. They watch a video about sources of radiation encountered every day. They estimate their own annual radiation exposure.
High schoolers determine the costs and benefits of converting or combining sustainable technology to their schools power production portfolio using software developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. They watch a video, analyze data, and complete various worksheets.

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