Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Tentative Schedule of Topics

WeekTopic of Discussion
23 August Introduction, Galilean Relativity
30 August Postulates of Special Relativity
6 September Labor Day, no class
13 September Speed of Light, Michelson-Morley
20 September Speed of Light Experiment
27 September Frames of Reference
4 October Relativity of Simultaneity
11 October Time dilation, Length contraction
18 October Invariance and Symmetry
25 October Space-time diagrams
1 November E=mc²
8 November Special Relativity in Particle Physics
15 November Gravity and General Relativity
22 November Space-time is Curved
29 November Tests of Relativity
6 December Summary