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Below is a sample breakdown of the Classical Relativity chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Classical Relativity: Distance and Time Relation to the Observer; |
Light and Relativity: Breakdown of Classical Relativity with Light Example
| Discover how much differently objects are perceived depending on the observer; |
Discuss the theory of relativity, using light as an example
|Tuesday||Time Dilation: Description, Explanation and Examples||Examine the theory of relativity and the ways in which speed affects time|
|Wednesday||Space Contraction: Shortening Distance for Fast Moving Objects||Explain this concept in relation to the rules of classical relativity|
|Thursday||Mass and Energy: Description and Interchangeable Relationship||Discuss how to convert mass to energy|
|Friday||General and Special Relativity: Theory and Examples||Distinguish between the two, and explore gravity and the speed of light|
1. Classical Relativity: Distance and Time Relation to the Observer
Classical relativity is used to explain how speed is relative to the state of motion of an object and the observer. Explore classical relativity, distance and time, speed and motion, and discover a complex example of classical relativity and the exception to the rule.
2. Light and Relativity: Breakdown of Classical Relativity with Light Example
The relativity of distance and time accounts for the constant speed of light. Explore the theory of relativity, classical relativity and an example, discover if motion and speed are relative, and learn about relativity at high speeds and how light speed can be constant.
3. Time Dilation: Description, Explanation & Examples
Time is a relative concept and speed causes time to go slower. Learn about time dilation, including its description and explanation. Explore examples to understand that while time dilation is relative, the speed of light is not.
4. Space Contraction: Shortening Distance for Fast Moving Objects
Space contraction refers to the process of distance becoming shorter for fast moving objects. Explore this process and learn about length contraction and the speed of light.
5. Mass and Energy: Description and Interchangeable Relationship
Einstein's theory of relativity proved that mass and energy are relative. Explore Einstein's theory, his descriptions and evidence for the relativity of mass and energy, and learn about this interchangeable relationship of mass to energy and energy to mass.
6. General and Special Relativity: Theory and Examples
The speed of light is affected by both general and special relativity. Learn about the theories and consider examples of general and special relativity. Explore gravity and space-time in the context of general and special relativity.
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