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Ch 16: Classical Relativity Lesson Plans

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The Classical Relativity chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about concepts such as time dilation and space contraction. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

6 Lessons in Chapter 16: Classical Relativity Lesson Plans
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Classical Relativity: Distance and Time Relation to the Observer

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.

Light and Relativity: Breakdown of Classical Relativity with Light Example

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.

Time Dilation: Description, Explanation & Examples

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.

Space Contraction: Shortening Distance for Fast Moving Objects

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.

Mass and Energy: Description and Interchangeable Relationship

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.

General and Special Relativity: Theory and Examples

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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