Pythagoras's theorem and Special relativity

HSC Relativity

Duration: 75 minutes

Explore Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity using custom 3D visualisation software. Learners will discover the origin of the time dilation equation using Pythagoras’ simple theorem – no complicated mathematics required! Study space-time to see why simultaneous events are special, and even visualise the concept of length contraction. Join us for a Q&A session around all things Relativity, while enjoying some light refreshments. If weather permits, learners will even use a professional telescope to look at objects in the sky and see Einstein’s predictions in action!

Smaller groups may combine or be combined with other schools.

Available Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Our next scheduled classes are:

Tuesday 12 February 2019 4 – 5:45pm

Tuesday 12 February 2019 6 – 7:45pm

Tuesday 19 February 2019 4 – 5:45pm

Tuesday 19 February 2019 6 – 7:45pm


$15 per learner. (A minimum of 20 learners but this may be achieved by combining schools)

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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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Learning Resources

Curriculum Links

Physics Stage 6 Board of Studies 2002, p.43

Link Description
PH12-14describes and analyses evidence for the properties of light and evaluates the implications of this evidence for modern theories of physics in the contemporary world
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