Beyond IQ

Einstein Adds a New Dimension

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Double Semester-long classes are $480 each. GHF, SENG, MAGE, and NHAGE Members pay $450!


Instructor: Sherene Raisbeck
5-10 students
Suggested Ages: 8-12
Time: Fridays, 10:00am - 11:30am Eastern time; 15 weeks, starting January 29th.

NOTE: In the past, this course has been offered over two terms. We are offering it as a single term course with each meeting running 75-90 minutes. We believe this pace better serves ougifted students. 

Description

Einstein Adds a New Dimension is the third of three works in Joy Hakim's Story of Science that present the major scientific innovations within the context of major works produced by Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, and progress which continues in theoretical physics.

Learning how to make accurate and useful observations, investigate ideas, evaluate sources, and find out what’s really true, are important skills for scholars in all fields of endeavor.

Students in Einstein Adds a New Dimension continue to develop their understanding of the historical context and great experiments of the world’s innovators.

As the third part of The Story of Science series, Einstein Adds a New Dimension builds on the foundation set forward in the courses Aristotle Leads the Way and Newton at the Center.  Einstein Adds a New Dimension guides students through discoveries in modern physics, explaining the state of the science, while describing some of the current questions and areas of research.  Building on the themes in courses Aristotle and NewtonEinstein Adds a New Dimension helps students strengthen their solid basis of understanding, understand the nature and pace of change, and develop the insight, imagination, and skill to anticipate, jump in, and move forward with the new work of the future.

Over the course of the year, we will explore the lines of evidence for the current theory of the universe; we will discover the nature of quarks and strings; and we will discuss alternative hypotheses and theories.  We will continue building the scaffold for later studies in science and other endeavors, and developing skills which will be used in career planning and development.

Tests, homework, and grades are provided optionally and may be graded at home or by the instructor.  We fully support 2e students and will tailor testing, homework, and class participation so that it is low stress and meaningful for each student.  Students need to be able to do multiplication with fractions and ratios, and to understand the use of algebraic symbols.

This is a 2-semester course.  While some experiments are repeated from the Newton and Aristotle courses, students will encounter them on a different level. These courses do NOT need to be taken in a particular order.

Find the Einstein Adds a New Dimension book here.

Please note that this is a one semester course!

SYLLABUS


1.      A Boy With Something on His Mind
2.      Time on Replay
3.      Electrifying Thoughts and Magnetic Reasoning
4.      The M and M’s of Science
5.      The Invisible Bits of Electricity
6.      Smaller than Atoms? Subatomic? Is This a Joke?
7.      Nobel Marie
8.      Mysterious Rays
9.      Making Waves
10.  Five Papers
11.  Seeing the (Photon) Light
12.  Molecules Move
13.  Getting the Picture Right
14.  Getting Atom
15.  Still Shooting Alpha Particles
16.  Bohr Taking Quantum Leaps
17.  An American Tracks Photons; A Frenchman Nails Matter
18.  What’s Uncertain? Everything, Says Heisenberg
19.  A Cat, Quarks, and Other Quantum Critters
20.  Smashing Atoms
21.   Chemistry, Charism, and Peace
22.   Energy Equals Mass Times the Square of the Speed of Light or E=mc^2
23.   On the Way to War (a List of Happenings)
24.   The Fission Vision
25.   Presidential Power
26.   Manhattan on a Mesa
27.   Quantum Electrodynamics? Surely You’re Joking
28.   Those Relatives: Galileo and Albert
29.   Relativity: It’s About Time
30.  An Event? To a Physicist It’s Not a Party
31.   Timely Dimensions
32.   A Man in a Red Hat
33.   The Paradox of the Twins
34.   Relative Gravity
35.   Warps in Spacetime
36.   Does it Change? Or Is It Changeless?
37.   Expanding Times
38.   An Expanding Universe
39.   A Luminous Indian
40.   Explosive? And How!
41.   Singular Black Holes


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