Instructor: Eric Sharpe
Office: Robeson 211A
Phone: (540) 231-7890
E-mail: ersharpe at vt dot edu
Office hours: Tues, Thurs 3:30-4:30, and by appointment

Special Relativity Module
Lectures: Tuesday, Sept 14 - Tuesday, Sept 28, 2010.
Test: Thursday, Sept 30, 2010, in class.

Writing Assignment due date: Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010, in class

UPDATE: the selection from `The Ghost in the Atom' (for the writing assignment) is *not* available from the campus print centers, but *instead* *is* available from the campus bookstore. (I just called and confirmed a few minutes ago.) It's a small course booklet, stapled together, and inside the front cover says it's a reprint from `The Ghost in the Atom'. I'm told it only costs $3.75.

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Course Notes

A recent result on a test of general relativity at living-room-type distances is described here, and a recent claimed observation of Hawking radiation is here.

The video shown on Tues Sept 14 can be found here.

Practice Items

The test will consist of two problems, of the sort listed at this website. For practice, do any two of the problems listed there.

Writing Assignment

For your writing assignment, read and then do the following two things: Your writeup should be comparable in length to that for the last module: 1-2 pp, closer to 1 p if single spaced, closer to 2 pp if double-spaced. I'm not strict about the length, however.

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