相对论与天体物理学

Relativity and Astrophysics

Explore the powerful and intriguing connections between astronomy and Einstein’s theory of relativity.

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康奈尔大学
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  • 完成时间大约为 4
  • 中级
  • 英语
注:因开课平台的各种因素变化,以上开课日期仅供参考

你将学到什么

Explain the meaning and significance of the postulates of special and general relativity.

Discuss significant experimental tests of both special and general relativity.

Analyze paradoxes in special relativity.

Apply appropriate tools for problem solving in special relativity.

Describe astrophysical situations where the consequences of relativity qualitatively impact predictions and/or observations.

Describe daily situations where relativity makes a difference.

课程概况

The study of the night sky instilled wonder in our ancestors. Modern astronomy extends the human view to previously unexplored regions of space and time. In this course, you will gain an understanding of these discoveries through a focus on relativity—Einstein’s fascinating and non-intuitive description of the physical world. By studying relativity and astronomy together, you will develop physical insight and quantitative skills, and you’ll regain a profound sense of wonder for the universe we call home.

FAQ

What topics will the course cover?
Section One—Introduction
Section Two—3, 2, 1 … Launching the journey into spacetime
Section Three—Special relativity: from light to dark
Section Four—General relativity: from flat to curved

Is there a required textbook?

No textbook is required. Notes will be posted weekly. A list of supplemental resources, including textbooks, will be provided.​​

What are the learning outcomes of this course?

Explain the meaning and significance of the postulates of special and general relativity.

Discuss significant experimental tests of both special and general relativity.

Analyze paradoxes in special relativity.

Apply appropriate tools for problem solving in special relativity.

Describe astrophysical situations where the consequences of relativity qualitatively impact predictions and/or observations.

Describe daily situations where relativity makes a difference.

预备知识

Generally, requires math and physics at the high school level; college-level introductory classes in calculus and physics will meet all requirements. Familiarity with the following mathematical tools: distance, Pythagorean theorem, trigonometry, vectors, and derivatives. Familiarity with the following topics in physics: speed, velocity, acceleration, Newton's laws of motion, kinetic and potential energy, and Newton's description of gravity.

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