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written by Joe Wolfe and George Hatsidimitris
This web site is a basic, non-mathematical introduction to relativity.  It covers concepts from Galileo, Newton, and Maxwell through  Einstein and  special relativity.  The site also mentions modern topics such as the relations between gravity and quantum mechanics. The main resource is a series of Flash media files with narration and animations.
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General Physics
- History
Relativity
- Special Relativity
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
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- Audio/Visual
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2005 School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia
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Keywords: Ether, Michelson-Morley, behavior of light, historic experiment, light behavior, relative motion, relativity, speed of light
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created January 7, 2008 by Christopher Bares
Record Updated: Jul 02, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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February 12, 2007
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

1. The Nature of Science

1A. The Scientific Worldview
  • 6-8: 1A/M2. Scientific knowledge is subject to modification as new information challenges prevailing theories and as a new theory leads to looking at old observations in a new way.
  • 9-12: 1A/H2. From time to time, major shifts occur in the scientific view of how things work. More often, however, the changes that take place in the body of scientific knowledge are small modifications of prior knowledge. Continuity and change are persistent features of science.
  • 9-12: 1A/H3bc. In science, the testing, revising, and occasional discarding of theories, new and old, never ends. This ongoing process leads to a better understanding of how things work in the world but not to absolute truth.
1B. Scientific Inquiry
  • 9-12: 1B/H7. New ideas in science are limited by the context in which they are conceived; are often rejected by the scientific establishment; sometimes spring from unexpected findings; and usually grow slowly, through contributions from many investigators.

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 9-12: 4F/H3c. In empty space, all electromagnetic waves move at the same speed—the "speed of light."
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AIP Format
J. Wolfe and G. Hatsidimitris, (2005), WWW Document, (http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module3_is_it_true.htm).
AJP/PRST-PER
J. Wolfe and G. Hatsidimitris, Einstein Light: Michelson, Morley and the speed of light, (2005), <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module3_is_it_true.htm>.
APA Format
Wolfe, J., & Hatsidimitris, G. (2007, February 12). Einstein Light: Michelson, Morley and the speed of light. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module3_is_it_true.htm
Chicago Format
Wolfe, Joe, and George Hatsidimitris. Einstein Light: Michelson, Morley and the speed of light. February 12, 2007. http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module3_is_it_true.htm (accessed 25 October 2014).
MLA Format
Wolfe, Joe, and George Hatsidimitris. Einstein Light: Michelson, Morley and the speed of light. 2005. 12 Feb. 2007. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module3_is_it_true.htm>.
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