Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 19-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.
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This essay from the NOVA Web site explores the impact Einstein made on physics and most everything we know about the cosmos. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
This course covers the role of physics and physicists during the 20th century, focusing on Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Feynman. Beyond just covering the scientific developments, institutional, cultural, and political contexts will also be examined.
The “Einstein Project” is a framework that is designed to help you find a solution to an everyday problem that makes you passionate in your thinking and designing. This project is designed to make you think outside of the box as active learners and create solutions in uncommon ways, forget about failing or succeeding and take chances.
As part of UC San DiegoŐs Division of Physical Sciences 50th Anniversary Lecture Series, join UC San DiegoŐs Tom Murphy on an exploration of how his project looking for deviations in EinsteinŐs theory of general relativity led to the discovery of the Soviet Lunokhod 1 lunar rover that vanished mysteriously nearly 40 years ago. (58 minutes)
This 52-page booklet provides an overview of the history, science and technology of this mission, including an introduction to Einstein's theory of curved spacetime. The guide also contains 18 pages of hands-on classroom activities related to gyroscopes, curved spacetime, frame-dragging and other concepts related to the GP-B experiment.
This interactive feature story is part of Science Bulletins, an innovative online and exhibition program that offers the public a window into the excitement of scientific discovery. Published in November 2004, this AstroBulletin examines the difficulties in proving Einstein's theories about gravity.
This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they are introduced to Einstein's life and work with four engaging and kid-friendly areas. Equation Invasion, a look at the world's most famous equation about the relationship between energy and mass. Web Master, the scientists whose ideas and discoveries shaped Einstein's career. Light the Way, an introduction to "the fastest thing in the universe" and the waves it travels in. Everyday Einstein: LASERS, a comic strip that illustrates how Einstein's work led to the development of lasers.
This OLogy activity gives kids a fun way to mesh their own thoughts with those of Albert Einstein. Three ready-to-print letterheads are provided as downloadable PDFs. They include colorful looks at:that most famous of equations, E=mc2the great web of existing scientific thought that Einstein built his ideas upon a thought experiment that asks the question, "What if you could ride on a beam of light?"
The lessons in this unit were developed by teachers at Souhegan High School for junior/senior level Physics classes, to be taught during the first trimester of the 2016-17 school year. It includes 5-10 lessons that culminate in students demonstrating their ability to find meaning in complex text and incorporate key ideas of modern physics by completing the final creative writing project.
Modern physics is a very broad topic. We will be focusing on three of the main pillars of modern physics — special relativity, general relativity, and quantum theory. The goal of the unit it to have students use the concepts of modern physics accurately in a creative way and increase their willingness and confidence to learn more about the subjects beyond high school. Modern physics is intimidating to the general public. We hope to spark students interest and have students realize that they can make sense out of the counter intuitive model of reality.
Each topic will be broken into several phases of understanding:
Limitations of classical physics
Key principle that led to modern physics
Models for describing modern physics
Predictions and experiments that support and provide evidence for modern physics theories
The students will explore the phases by using inquiry-based reading. They will explore an anchor text for meaning while looking for where it addresses the four phases above. Students will then perform additional research and apply what they have learned in class to create their final project.
This brief OLogy article helps kids understand that even Einstein made mistakes and didn't always finish everything he started. And, more importantly, that both his mistakes and his unfinished work also led to new ways of thinking. The article uses Einstein's Unified Field Theory as evidence of the value that can be found in imperfection.
This set of OLogy activities provides insight into light and how we see it moving every day. Along with an engaging overview of light, it has three separate activities: Reflection, in which students use a flashlight and a mirror in a darkened room to see firsthand how light can reflect in different ways. Refraction, in which students see how light actually slows down and changes direction as it moves through transparent materials like glass and water. The Color of Light, in which students see firsthand how objects appear one color or another because of how they reflect and absorb certain colors of light.
This hands-on OLogy experiment uses Jell-O, fruit, nuts, and candy to demonstrate how space bends around anything that has mass. The activity begins with kid-friendly introductions to the concept of mass and Einstein's theory of bending space. The illustrated, step-by-step directions include notes about how the fruit, nuts, and candy represent stars, planets, and other objects in space. At the end, kids are encouraged to celebrate their newfound knowledge by digging into their edible space.
This interactive activity from the NOVA Web site challenges you to think like Einstein and understand how time travel might be possible. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
This OLogy activity uses the traditional Japanese art of paper-folding to help kids understand dimensions. The activity begins with a brief introduction to both dimensions and origami. The kids are then given instructions, included as printable PDFs, for morphing 2D paper into 3D models (a simple box and a water bomb).The activity ends with an illustrated look at dimensions, from the zero dimensions of a point to the fourth dimension of time.
This OLogy activity first introduces kids to the idea of thought experiments. Then it puts their scientific creativity to work with two mind-bending experiments that rely solely on imagination. Both thought experiments have background information, plus concrete examples of how to approach the experiment. Specifically, they ask:Can you throw a ball so hard it never falls to Earth?What if light could only travel one foot/second?
This online video gallery is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, a series of distance-learning courses designed to help educators meet the new national science standards. Reflections on Einstein, part of the Frontiers in Physical Science seminar, is available in broadband and modem formats and with a printable PDF transcript. The video shows excerpts of a panel of seven scientists reflecting on Einstein's influence.
This online video gallery is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, a series of distance-learning courses designed to help educators meet the new national science standards. What Is Space?, part of the Frontiers in Physical Science seminar, is available in broadband and modem formats and with a printable PDF transcript. The video explains how Einstein's General Theory of Relativity changed the way we look at space.
This OLogy activity challenges kids to put their imaginations to work in order to gain a new perspective on perspectives. The activity begins by telling kids that how they see the world depends on two things: where you're looking from, and how fast you're moving compared to the speed of light. They are then asked to print one or more of four window frames and fill in each with an illustration that captures the scene's height and velocity. The window frames are: your bedroom window, a speeding car, an airplane window, and riding on a beam of light.