Sep 12-Dec 04, 2016
Credit: 3 undergraduate
Instructor(s): Gregory Reinemer
Course DescriptionThis course approaches Einstein's theory of Special Relativity with a geometric perspective instead of through the Lorentz Transformation used in most introductory texts. There are two advantages. First, since geometry is the foundation for General Relativity (GR), this approach affords a seamless transition for students taking GR in the spring. Secondly, it leads to a more useful method for problem-solving in SR (Special Relativity) and with a modified Pythagorean Theorem and spacetime diagrams we can answer any question with confidence. The first part of the course builds these problem-solving techniques; then we demystify the various “paradoxes” in SR, which are really just naive questions rather than true paradoxes. Toward the end we explore the implications for energy and momentum conservation necessary for analyzing particle collisions at relativistic speeds.
Note: This course is a prerequisite for General Relativity, which is scheduled for spring semester 2016.
Meeting Place and Times
Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. While the course is in session it will be necessary to login at least 4-6 times per week. Typically you will spend 10-12 hours each week either online or offline working on course related assignments to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit upper level undergraduate course. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Instructor(s)Gregory Reinemer, PhD. in physics from Montana State University, Bozeman MT. He is a veteran online instructor and has been teaching Special Relativity for MSU for nine years.
PrerequisitesSatisfactory completion of an introductory physics course.
Target AudienceThis course is designed primarily for high school science teachers. However, college undergraduates are welcome and special high school students may be considered on recommendation of their teacher.
Time Commitment:10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
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This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.
Do not let the software requirements stop you from taking this course. We are willing to work with you and your system.
For More Information
Regarding registration, please contact Kelly Boyce by phone at (800)282-6062 or (406)994-6812, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding course content, please contact Gregory Reinemer at email@example.com
How to Register
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