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In this course we will seek to “understand Einstein,” especially focusing on the special theory of relativity that Albert Einstein, as a twenty-six year old patent clerk, introduced in his “miracle year” of 1905. Our goal will be to go behind the myth-making and beyond the popularized presentations of relativity in order to gain a deeper understanding of both Einstein the person and the concepts, predictions, and strange paradoxes of his theory. Some of the questions we will address include: How did Einstein come up with his ideas? What was the nature of his genius? What is the meaning of relativity? What’s “special” about the special theory of relativity? Why did the theory initially seem to be dead on arrival? What does it mean to say that time is the “fourth dimension”? Can time actually run more slowly for one person than another, and the size of things change depending on their velocity? Is time travel possible, and if so, how? Why can’t things travel faster than the speed of light? Is it possible to travel to the center of the galaxy and return in one lifetime? Is there any evidence that definitively confirms the theory, or is it mainly speculation? Why didn’t Einstein win the Nobel Prize for the theory of relativity? About the instructor: Dr. Larry Lagerstrom is the Director of Academic Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development, which offers graduate certificates in subjects such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, data mining, nanotechnology, innovation, and management science. He holds degrees in physics, mathematics, and the history of science, has published a book and a TED Ed video on "Young Einstein: From the Doxerl Affair to the Miracle Year," and has had over 30,000 students worldwide enroll in his online course on the special theory of relativity (this course!)....
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完成時間為 4 小時

Introduction to the Course, and Einstein in Context

Week 1: Introduction to the Course, and Einstein in Context...
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9 個視頻(共 149 分鐘), 8 個閱讀材料, 4 個測驗
Video9 個視頻
Course overview17分鐘
How to succeed in the course20分鐘
Rules of engagement11分鐘
Math review24分鐘
Week 1 introduction8分鐘
Physics and Einstein circa 190026分鐘
To the miracle year18分鐘
The miracle year16分鐘
Reading8 個閱讀材料
Course overview (outline)5分鐘
How to succeed in the course (outline)2分鐘
Rules of engagement (outline)2分鐘
Math review (outline)2分鐘
Week 1 introduction (outline)2分鐘
Physics and Einstein circa 1900 (outline)5分鐘
To the miracle year (outline)2分鐘
The miracle year (outline)2分鐘
Quiz4 個練習
Physics and Einstein circa 190014分鐘
To the miracle year16分鐘
The miracle year14分鐘
Week 1 final quiz16分鐘

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完成時間為 9 小時

Events, Clocks, and Reference Frames

Week 2: Events, Clocks, and Reference Frames...
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11 個視頻(共 174 分鐘), 12 個閱讀材料, 9 個測驗
Video11 個視頻
Events, clocks, and observers (part 1)14分鐘
Events, clocks, and observers (part 2)10分鐘
Spacetime diagrams (part 1)18分鐘
Spacetime diagrams (part 2)14分鐘
Frames of reference (part 1)18分鐘
Frames of reference (part 2)15分鐘
Frames of reference (part 3)11分鐘
A few more words on world lines10分鐘
The Galilean transformation17分鐘
Week 2 summary31分鐘
Reading12 個閱讀材料
Week 2 introduction (outline)2分鐘
Events, clocks, and observers (part 1) (outline)2分鐘
Events, clocks, and observers (part 2) (outline)2分鐘
Spacetime diagrams (part 1) (outline)2分鐘
Spacetime diagrams (part 2) (outline)2分鐘
Frames of reference (part 1) (outline)2分鐘
Frames of reference (part 2) (outline)2分鐘
Frames of reference (part 3) (outline)2分鐘
A few more words on world lines (outline)2分鐘
The Galilean transformation (outline)2分鐘
Week 2 problem set (optional)分鐘
Week 2 problem set solutions30分鐘
Quiz9 個練習
Events, clocks, and observers (parts 1 and 2)8分鐘
Spacetime diagrams (part 1)8分鐘
Spacetime diagrams (part 2)12分鐘
Frames of reference (part 1)10分鐘
Frames of reference (part 2)20分鐘
Frames of reference (part 3)16分鐘
A few more words on world lines10分鐘
The Galilean transformation8分鐘
Week 2 final quiz24分鐘

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完成時間為 9 小時

Ethereal Problems and Solutions

Week 3: Ethereal Problems and Solutions...
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12 個視頻(共 203 分鐘), 15 個閱讀材料, 6 個測驗
Video12 個視頻
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates22分鐘
A few words about waves (part 1)18分鐘
A few words about waves (part 2)7分鐘
A few words about waves (part 3)17分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 1)15分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 2)19分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 3)11分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 4)24分鐘
Stellar aberration9分鐘
Ethereal solutions18分鐘
Week 3 summary25分鐘
Reading15 個閱讀材料
Week 3 introduction (outline)2分鐘
A note on "Einstein and God"5分鐘
A note on wave-particle duality and the nature of light5分鐘
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates (outline)2分鐘
A few words about waves (part 1) (outline)2分鐘
A few words about waves (part 2) (outline)2分鐘
A few words about waves (part 3) (outline)2分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 1) (outline)2分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 2) (outline)2分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 3) (outline)2分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 4) (outline)2分鐘
Stellar aberration (outline)2分鐘
Ethereal solutions (outline)2分鐘
Week 3 problem set (optional)分鐘
Week 3 problem set solutions30分鐘
Quiz6 個練習
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates12分鐘
A few words about waves (parts 1, 2, and 3)12分鐘
The Michelson-Morley experiment (all parts)10分鐘
Stellar aberration4分鐘
Ethereal solutions12分鐘
Week 3 final quiz24分鐘

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完成時間為 9 小時

The Weirdness Begins

Week 4: The Weirdness Begins...
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14 個視頻(共 215 分鐘), 15 個閱讀材料, 9 個測驗
Video14 個視頻
The relativity of simultaneity (part 1)6分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (part 2)10分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (part 3)16分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (summary)11分鐘
The light clock (part 1)11分鐘
The light clock (part 2)26分鐘
Exploring the Lorentz factor6分鐘
Time dilation22分鐘
Measuring length21分鐘
What is not suspect13分鐘
The invariant interval22分鐘
A real-life example: the muon7分鐘
Week 4 summary29分鐘
Reading15 個閱讀材料
Week 4 introduction (outline)2分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 1)2分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 2)2分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 3)2分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (leading clocks lag diagram)2分鐘
The light clock (part 1) (outline)2分鐘
The light clock (part 2) (outline)2分鐘
Exploring the Lorentz factor (outline)2分鐘
Time dilation (outline)2分鐘
Measuring length (diagram)10分鐘
What is not suspect (outline)2分鐘
The invariant interval (outline)2分鐘
A real-life example: the muon (outline)2分鐘
Week 4 problem set (optional)分鐘
Week 4 problem set solutions30分鐘
Quiz9 個練習
The relativity of simultaneity (parts 1 and 2)12分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (part 3)12分鐘
The relativity of simultaneity (summary)4分鐘
The light clock and exploring the Lorentz factor16分鐘
Time dilation8分鐘
Measuring length14分鐘
What is not suspect, and the invariant interval8分鐘
The muon6分鐘
Week 4 final quiz22分鐘
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創建者 BHJun 23rd 2017

This course is very comprehensive and well prepared material for understanding the Special Theory of Relativity. Larry (the instructor) is very expert and has broad knowledge in explaining the course.

創建者 JKApr 2nd 2017

I enjoyed this course very much. Professor Larry Randles Lagerstrom made a difficult subject easy to understand. Especially for a fellow who at 85 has forgotten a lot of what he learned in college.

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Larry Randles Lagerstrom

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The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto, California, United States....

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