Special Relativity Teacher Resources
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Is Time Travel Possible?
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!
Einstein's Innovative Thinking
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 online interactive history quiz instructional activity, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about Albert Einstein. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
WS 6.7 Effects & Applications of Nuclear Chemistry
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.
New! Fast Neutrinos
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.
Physics 152 Fall 2004 Final Exam, Parts A, B, C, D
At the end of a general physics course focused on light and electricity, you can administer this exam. Concepts covered include electromagnetism, circuits, induction, light rays, lenses and mirrors, characteristics of light, electron energy levels, and radioactive decay. Questions come in a combination of styles, from multiple choice, to analyzing diagrams, to solving computational problems. Written for a college level course, this may also work well with high schoolers.
Maximum Power Point
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.
Capturing Renewable Energy
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.
Students 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.
Young scholars 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.
A Classical & Relativistic Trip to a Black Hole
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.
The Human Genome Project
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.
First Things First: Using the Newspaper to Teach the Freedoms of the First Amendment
High schoolers 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. High schoolers 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.
Capturing Renewable Energy
Learners work toward understanding the limitations of renewable energy resources if there is no system available for storing the energy.
Running on Renewables
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.
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 produce a newspaper describing the times during which Charles Darwin introduced the theory of natural selection. In this evolution lesson, students make observations and explore the role of observation in Charles Darwin's work. They use multimedia tools and newspapers to help them create a newspaper about Darwin's times and work.