Recitation topics, by week
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The week of... | Topics |
30 August 2009 | No recitations |
6 September 2009 |
VIDEO
VIEWING: Powers of Ten and South Park "Fourth Grade" |
13 September 2009 | VIDEO VIEWING: The Actress explains the theory of relativity to The Professor (from Insignificance, 1985); Bad Astrophysics video clips (from Superman, 1978 and Star Trek IV, 1986) involving time dilation and time travel. Also the Twin Paradox (optionally). |
20 September 2009 |
Homework 2: practice with length contraction, time dilation, velocity addition; discussion of concept of reference frames, and the postulates of the special theory of relativity. Also the Twin Paradox, if not covered last week. |
27 September 2009 |
VIDEO VIEWING:
Bad Astrophysics video clips |
4 October 2009 |
VIDEO VIEWING: Bad Astrophysics video clips |
11 October 2009 |
Homework 3:
degeneracy pressure; relativity of mass; sizes of black holes, white dwarfs
and neutron stars. |
18 October 2009 |
VIDEO VIEWING:
Disney's The Black Hole (selections) |
25 October 2009 |
VIDEO VIEWING:
Disney's The Black Hole (selections) |
1 November 2009 |
Exam review: observational signatures of black holes, calculations involving energy and luminosity of black holes. |
8 November 2009 | Homework 5: discussion of entropy, Horizon Area theorem, Hawking radiation. |
15 November 2009 |
VIDEO VIEWING:
Star Trek: Deep Space 9, episode 1 |
22 November 2009 |
Thanksgiving Break. |
29 November 2009 |
VIDEO VIEWING:
Disney's The Black Hole (selections) |
6 December 2009 |
Exam review: cosmology |