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Einstein's relativity

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Relativity Essentials

405 kB

A document outlining the essentials of the Relativity DS. This document is designed to be given to students to work with. KB

Microsoft Word

Relativity

82.9 kB

B6 Relativity makes sense. Ross Phillips

Microsoft Word

Making Sense of Relativity

82.9 kB

Presentation by Ross Phillips, PLC at the 2008 Physics Teachers Conference

Adobe PDF

Einstein's Relativity 'thought experiments'

710 kB

Einstein’s Train and other ‘Gedanken’ experiments. A document describing thought experiments that can be used to illustrate the concepts of non-simultaneity and time dilation.

Generic

Relativity Presentation

6.88 MB

A powerpoint presentation for teachers to use in teaching the Einstein's Relativity DS presented by Keith Burrows at the 2012 VCE Physics Teachers Conference

Microsoft Word

Relativity 2004

101 kB

This file contains the document that Keith Burrows presented at the 2001 STAV/AIP Physics Conference outlining his arguments for the inclusion of the teaching of relativity in VCE Physics when the course is re-accredited in 2004.

Adobe PDF

A11: Teaching Einstein's Relativity

464 kB

A copy of the paper presented by Keith Burrows at the 2010 Physics teachers conference.

Microsoft Word

Teaching Einstein's relativity in VCE Physics

262 kB

A presentation by Keith Burrows at the 2007 Physics Teachers Conference.

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Teaching Einstein's relativity in VCE Physics

63 B

Audio streaming (15 mins)of the presentation by Keith Burrows at the 2007 Physics Teachers Conference.

Text Resources

  • Arianrhod, R 2003, Einstein’s Heroes, QUP. Good background, particularly on Maxwell.
  • Bodanis, D 2001, E=mc2 A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation, Pan Books.
  • davie, P and Gribbin, J 1991, Relativity Simply Explained, Dover, New York.
  • Einstein, A 1995, The Matter Myth, Viking.
  • Gardner, M 1997, Relativity Simply Explained, Dover, New York.
  • Hey, T & Waiter, P 1997, Einstein's Mirror, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Russell, B 1985, The ABC of Relativity, Unwin, London.
  • Scheider, W 2000, Maxwell's Conundrum: A Serious but not Ponderous Book about Relativity, Cavendish Press, Ann Arbor, from Cavendish Science
  • Stachel, J 1999, Einstein's Miraculous Year, Princeton University Press. Original papers translated and with comments.

Audiovisual Resources

It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.

  • Marcom Projects: Light, Optics and Electricity, Light Pressure for Heavy Ideas, Modern Physics & Cosmology
  • VEA: What's special about Relativity

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