Special Relativity Teacher Resources
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Relativity of Simultaneity — Special Relativity Chapter 4Lesson Planet
4 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Special relativity relates how things appear when the observer moves. The fourth video in the series on Special Relativity uses multiple examples to demonstrate the principle. It describes the differences when the reference frames move...
Why Is Relativity Hard? – Special Relativity Chapter 1Lesson Planet
5 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
One of the most famous ideas in physics, special relativity, explains the speed of light, the space time continuum, and E=mc^2. Many scholars struggle with the hows and whys of this confusing concept. The first video in a series on...
Spacetime Intervals: Not EVERYTHING Is Relative — Special Relativity Chapter 7Lesson Planet
7 mins 11th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Special relativity proves that both length and time are relative—but, that's not the complete story. Scholars learn how both length and time have absolute values that don't vary with perspective. The seventh lesson in the eight-part...
Length Contraction and Time Dilation — Special Relativity Chapter 5Lesson Planet
7 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Special relativity provides rules for making time both shorter and longer simultaneously—and does the same for distances. This concept seems confusing, but with help from a spacetime globe and mathematical explanation, the concepts...
Relativistic Addition of Velocity — Special Relativity Chapter 6Lesson Planet
5 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Scientists know things can't travel faster than light speed, so how do scholars add together numbers close to light speed? The sixth video in the eight-part series on Special Relativity answers these questions and more. the narrator not...
Spacetime Diagrams — Special Relativity Chapter 2Lesson Planet
15 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
The second video in the series on Special Relativity introduces the concept of perspective, relative distance, and graphing spacetime. Simple illustrations create clarity while describing each concept in depth.
Special Relativity: Crash Course Physics #42Lesson Planet
9 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Explore the concept of relativity and how it is related to light. An episode of the Crash Course physics series teaches learners the basics of special relativity. The narrator explains two postulates of relativity and gives scholars...
Distance and Special Relativity: How Far Away is Tomorrow?Lesson Planet
1 min 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
It seems obvious that two miles is more distant than one mile, but did you know nine minutes is more distant than nine hours? The concept of special relativity explains how this is possible by graphing using only two dimensions. The...
How Special Relativity Makes Magnets WorkLesson Planet
4 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Galileo established relativity, and Einstein developed the laws of special relativity to more fully explain physics. A brief video explains how special relativity relates to electromagnetism. Through simple illustrations, complex...
Special Relativity and the Twin ParadoxLesson Planet
6 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Everyone knows that one twin is always older in a pair. But, could a twin be years older? A video from an extensive physics playlist explains Einstein's theory of special relativity. Topics include the speed of light, special versus...
Lorentz Transformations — Special Relativity Chapter 3Lesson Planet
12 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Generally, Lorentz transformations require high level math skills, but conceptual understanding can slip just beyond the grasp of many. Using a story and graph about the time and motion of people and cats, viewers of a short video can...
Light, History, Gravity, Distance, Relativity, and Space-TimeLesson Planet
6th - 12th
Let the star's color be the guide! The color of a star indicates its temperature and its mass and distance affect the gravitational force. The lesson presentations address these concepts as well as how the theory of special relativity...
Definition of One-to-One FunctionsLesson Planet
8 mins 9th - 12th
Functions are special relations, but are there special functions? A concept video defines a one-to-one function. Three problem videos cover examples in determining whether a relation is a function and whether it is a one-to-one function.
WS 6.7 Effects & Applications of Nuclear ChemistryLesson Planet
10th - 12th
In this nuclear chemistry learning exercise, 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...
Does Time Exist?Lesson Planet
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
The simple question What time is it? may not be so simple after all. Learn about the history of measuring time and the debate on if time even exists with a short video that considers both classical physics and quantum physics when...
Open Letter to the President: Physics EducationLesson Planet
4 mins 9th - 12th
Does something seem missing from your Physics class? Is it ... excitement? Current physics topics? The latest discoveries? The video explains some of the "gaps" in most physics curricula throughout the United States. Scholars learn to go...
This Particle Breaks Time SymmetryLesson Planet
9 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
CPT theory is the basis for much of physics, but what happens when researchers disprove the theory piece by piece? Explore the idea with a video about the Nobel Prize-winning breakthroughs that shifted the entire way scientists...