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 plan, students learn the questions that led Einstein to his theories. Students then create "Einsteinian Thought Experiments" of their own. This lesson plan 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.
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.
Young scholars research physical science by completing worksheets. For this gravity lesson, students read assigned text regarding the rotation of Earth and the gravitational force caused by the speed of which it rotates. Young scholars 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.
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.
Young scholars use the scientific process to explore events that have occurred in the past such as plate tectonics or how the dinosaurs became extinct. They make observations, develop a hypothesis, and use evidence to test their hypothesis to see how well it holds up in light of the evidence they have.
Students examine how fossils are formed. They view videos, make models of fossils and determine what information can be gleaned from studying fossils including information about the fossil and the environment in which it was created.
Students use lecture, maps and video to analyze the distribution of earthquakes and volcanoes. They relate this distribution to the theory of plate tectonics and conduct several experiments to illustrate the forces at work in this theory.
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.
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.
Students review the engineering design process and discuss a variety of windmills, focusing on the different materials used in the construction and the type of work each windmill does and they use simple materials to build their own windmills.
Learners 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.
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.