Pythagoras's theorem and Special relativity

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Stage 6 Astronomy: HSC Relativity 

Duration: 90 minutes

Module 7: The Nature of Light. Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity is one of the most famous though misunderstood in science. Using custom 3D visualisation software, physics students will:

  • Experience this astounding idea through the use of customised 3D software developed by Dr Paul Payne
  • Use Pythagoras’ simple theorem to explore and begin to understand time dilation and its implications
  • Explore space-time to see why simultaneous events are special, and even visualise the concept of length contraction.

Then join us for a Q&A session around all things Relativity, while enjoying some light refreshments. If weather permits, learners will use a telescope to look at objects in the sky.

Bookings available every Tuesday and Thursday during term from 4pm to 5:30pm

Every group will:

  • Look through a telescope, weather permitting, at the surface of the Sun during daylight or the Moon, planets and stars at night.
  • Workshop through a series of typical HSC styled questions on Special Relativity (ACSPH131, ACSPH134).




Learner$1590 minute program
Session$240 minimum

$15 per learner

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NSW Incorporating Australian Curriculum

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
PH12-15explains and analyses the evidence supporting the relationship between astronomical events and the nucleosynthesis of atoms and relates these to the development of the current model of the atom
PH12-5analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information
PH12-6solves scientific problems using primary and secondary data, critical thinking skills and scientific processes
PH12-7communicates scientific understanding using suitable language and terminology for a specific audience or purpose
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