Einstein and The Special Theory of Relativity

Einstein's best-known work not only demonstrates that time itself is relative, but also shows how matter moves. An animated video illustrates the problem of motion, the concept of perspective, and the breakthrough idea that time is not a concrete quantity.

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Instructional Ideas
  • For classes with an in-depth knowledge of Einstein's theories, discuss why they feel his Special Theory of Relativity became his most famous work
  • Extend the lesson by pairing learners and assigning research into Einstein's thought experiments; partners can create a poster or comic strip describing the experiment of their choosing
Classroom Considerations
  • Some prior knowledge of the Special Theory of Relativity is helpful when viewing the video
Pros
  • Animations are spot-on in creating a scenario where pupils can more easily comprehend the content
  • The video discusses other scientific works relating to motion and time, creating opportunities for further discussion and research
Cons
  • None