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Theory of Relativity

Developed a little more than a hundred years ago, Einstein's Theory of Relativity is a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough that revolutionized our understanding of space and time. How are space and time intertwined? What happens at high speeds or strong gravitational fields? What are black holes? What types of black holes are there?

This course will focus on the geometry of spacetime and will be split into two parts: In the first part, the course will cover Special Relativity. In the second part, students will explore the fundamental ideas of General Relativity, emphasizing the nature of spacetime around black holes. Besides mastering the mathematical tools used in Relativity, students will develop physical intuition of the new ideas. Students will engage via interactive discussions, a large set of out-of-class materials, and daily problem solving sessions.

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Session Two
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Course is Full
Grade(s)
10-11
at the time of application
Age(s)
15-17
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.

Prerequisite(s)

Proficiency with algebra and high school level mechanics. Experience with the basics of vectors, matrices, and calculus.