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In this course we will seek to “understand Einstein,” especially focusing on the special theory of relativity that Albert Einstein, as a twenty-six year old patent clerk, introduced in his “miracle year” of 1905. Our goal will be to go behind the myth-making and beyond the popularized presentations of relativity in order to gain a deeper understanding of both Einstein the person and the concepts, predictions, and strange paradoxes of his theory. Some of the questions we will address include: How did Einstein come up with his ideas? What was the nature of his genius? What is the meaning of relativity? What’s “special” about the special theory of relativity? Why did the theory initially seem to be dead on arrival? What does it mean to say that time is the “fourth dimension”? Can time actually run more slowly for one person than another, and the size of things change depending on their velocity? Is time travel possible, and if so, how? Why can’t things travel faster than the speed of light? Is it possible to travel to the center of the galaxy and return in one lifetime? Is there any evidence that definitively confirms the theory, or is it mainly speculation? Why didn’t Einstein win the Nobel Prize for the theory of relativity? About the instructor: Dr. Larry Lagerstrom is the Director of Academic Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development, which offers graduate certificates in subjects such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data mining, nanotechnology, innovation, and management science. He holds degrees in physics, mathematics, and the history of science, has published a book and a TED Ed video on "Young Einstein: From the Doxerl Affair to the Miracle Year," and has had over 30,000 students worldwide enroll in his online course on the special theory of relativity (this course!)....
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Sugerido: 8 weeks of study, 5-10 hours per week...
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Programa - O que você aprenderá com este curso

Week
1
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4 horas para concluir

Introduction to the Course, and Einstein in Context

Week 1: Introduction to the Course, and Einstein in Context...
Reading
9 vídeos (Total de 149 min), 8 leituras, 4 testes
Video9 videos
Course overview17min
How to succeed in the course20min
Rules of engagement11min
Math review24min
Week 1 introduction8min
Physics and Einstein circa 190026min
To the miracle year18min
The miracle year16min
Reading8 leituras
Course overview (outline)5min
How to succeed in the course (outline)2min
Rules of engagement (outline)2min
Math review (outline)2min
Week 1 introduction (outline)2min
Physics and Einstein circa 1900 (outline)5min
To the miracle year (outline)2min
The miracle year (outline)2min
Quiz4 exercícios práticos
Physics and Einstein circa 190014min
To the miracle year16min
The miracle year14min
Week 1 final quiz16min
Week
2
Clock
9 horas para concluir

Events, Clocks, and Reference Frames

Week 2: Events, Clocks, and Reference Frames...
Reading
11 vídeos (Total de 174 min), 12 leituras, 9 testes
Video11 videos
Events, clocks, and observers (part 1)14min
Events, clocks, and observers (part 2)10min
Spacetime diagrams (part 1)18min
Spacetime diagrams (part 2)14min
Frames of reference (part 1)18min
Frames of reference (part 2)15min
Frames of reference (part 3)11min
A few more words on world lines10min
The Galilean transformation17min
Week 2 summary31min
Reading12 leituras
Week 2 introduction (outline)2min
Events, clocks, and observers (part 1) (outline)2min
Events, clocks, and observers (part 2) (outline)2min
Spacetime diagrams (part 1) (outline)2min
Spacetime diagrams (part 2) (outline)2min
Frames of reference (part 1) (outline)2min
Frames of reference (part 2) (outline)2min
Frames of reference (part 3) (outline)2min
A few more words on world lines (outline)2min
The Galilean transformation (outline)2min
Week 2 problem set (optional)min
Week 2 problem set solutions30min
Quiz9 exercícios práticos
Events, clocks, and observers (parts 1 and 2)8min
Spacetime diagrams (part 1)8min
Spacetime diagrams (part 2)12min
Frames of reference (part 1)10min
Frames of reference (part 2)20min
Frames of reference (part 3)16min
A few more words on world lines10min
The Galilean transformation8min
Week 2 final quiz24min
Week
3
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9 horas para concluir

Ethereal Problems and Solutions

Week 3: Ethereal Problems and Solutions...
Reading
12 vídeos (Total de 203 min), 15 leituras, 6 testes
Video12 videos
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates22min
A few words about waves (part 1)18min
A few words about waves (part 2)7min
A few words about waves (part 3)17min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 1)15min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 2)19min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 3)11min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 4)24min
Stellar aberration9min
Ethereal solutions18min
Week 3 summary25min
Reading15 leituras
Week 3 introduction (outline)2min
A note on "Einstein and God"5min
A note on wave-particle duality and the nature of light5min
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates (outline)2min
A few words about waves (part 1) (outline)2min
A few words about waves (part 2) (outline)2min
A few words about waves (part 3) (outline)2min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 1) (outline)2min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 2) (outline)2min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 3) (outline)2min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 4) (outline)2min
Stellar aberration (outline)2min
Ethereal solutions (outline)2min
Week 3 problem set (optional)min
Week 3 problem set solutions30min
Quiz6 exercícios práticos
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates12min
A few words about waves (parts 1, 2, and 3)12min
The Michelson-Morley experiment (all parts)10min
Stellar aberration4min
Ethereal solutions12min
Week 3 final quiz24min
Week
4
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9 horas para concluir

The Weirdness Begins

Week 4: The Weirdness Begins...
Reading
14 vídeos (Total de 215 min), 15 leituras, 9 testes
Video14 videos
The relativity of simultaneity (part 1)6min
The relativity of simultaneity (part 2)10min
The relativity of simultaneity (part 3)16min
The relativity of simultaneity (summary)11min
The light clock (part 1)11min
The light clock (part 2)26min
Exploring the Lorentz factor6min
Time dilation22min
Measuring length21min
What is not suspect13min
The invariant interval22min
A real-life example: the muon7min
Week 4 summary29min
Reading15 leituras
Week 4 introduction (outline)2min
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 1)2min
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 2)2min
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 3)2min
The relativity of simultaneity (leading clocks lag diagram)2min
The light clock (part 1) (outline)2min
The light clock (part 2) (outline)2min
Exploring the Lorentz factor (outline)2min
Time dilation (outline)2min
Measuring length (diagram)10min
What is not suspect (outline)2min
The invariant interval (outline)2min
A real-life example: the muon (outline)2min
Week 4 problem set (optional)min
Week 4 problem set solutions30min
Quiz9 exercícios práticos
The relativity of simultaneity (parts 1 and 2)12min
The relativity of simultaneity (part 3)12min
The relativity of simultaneity (summary)4min
The light clock and exploring the Lorentz factor16min
Time dilation8min
Measuring length14min
What is not suspect, and the invariant interval8min
The muon6min
Week 4 final quiz22min
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por BHJun 23rd 2017

This course is very comprehensive and well prepared material for understanding the Special Theory of Relativity. Larry (the instructor) is very expert and has broad knowledge in explaining the course.

por JKApr 2nd 2017

I enjoyed this course very much. Professor Larry Randles Lagerstrom made a difficult subject easy to understand. Especially for a fellow who at 85 has forgotten a lot of what he learned in college.

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Larry Randles Lagerstrom

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