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Teaching General Relativity to Undergraduates

Jul 20, 2006 - Jul 21, 2006
Room 113, Heroy Building, Syracuse University

Over fifty physics faculty from nearly as many universities are meeting at Syracuse University on July 20 and 21 to share and improve ways to teach general relativity to undergraduates.  Participants are university and college faculty interested in doing this at their home institutions. Some participants already teach or have taught general relativity to undergraduates and some are looking for ways to introduce concepts of general relativity into their existing physics curriculum.

Visiting experts will give talks on gravitational radiation and LIGO, deviations from Newtonian gravitation and GPS, and black holes, with particular emphasis on how each of these topics may be used to present important ideas of general relativity to undergraduates.


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Jul 20, 2006  
Thursday morning talks will cover the basics of General Relativity and approaches to teaching the topics.

Thursday evening talks will explore three General Relativity topics: Global Positioning Systems, Gravitational Radiation, and Black Holes.
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM Schedule
Jul 21, 2006  
Friday morning talks will consider motivating students to understand the physics of relativity, and student understanding and misunderstanding of important concepts in general relativity.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Schedule


The LIGO Project

Center for Gravitational Wave Physics at Penn State University

American Association of Physics Teachers

Syracuse University Department of Physics

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