Relativity and Astrophysics

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Course Description

The study of the night sky instilled wonder in our ancestors. Modern astronomy extends the human view to previously unexplored regions of space and time. In this course, you will gain an understanding of these discoveries through a focus on relativity—Einstein's fascinating and non-intuitive description of the physical world. By studying relativity and astronomy together, you will develop physical insight and quantitative skills, and you’ll regain a profound sense of wonder for the universe we call home.

 

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  • What topics will the course cover?
    • Section One—Introduction
    • Section Two—3, 2, 1 … Launching the journey into spacetime
    • Section Three—Special relativity: from light to dark
    • Section Four—General relativity: from flat to curved
  • Is there a required textbook?

    • No textbook is required. Notes will be posted weekly. A list of supplemental resources, including textbooks, will be pr...

The study of the night sky instilled wonder in our ancestors. Modern astronomy extends the human view to previously unexplored regions of space and time. In this course, you will gain an understanding of these discoveries through a focus on relativity—Einstein's fascinating and non-intuitive description of the physical world. By studying relativity and astronomy together, you will develop physical insight and quantitative skills, and you’ll regain a profound sense of wonder for the universe we call home.

 

FAQ

  • What topics will the course cover?
    • Section One—Introduction
    • Section Two—3, 2, 1 … Launching the journey into spacetime
    • Section Three—Special relativity: from light to dark
    • Section Four—General relativity: from flat to curved
  • Is there a required textbook?

    • No textbook is required. Notes will be posted weekly. A list of supplemental resources, including textbooks, will be provided.

  • What are the learning outcomes of this course?

    • Explain the meaning and significance of the postulates of special and general relativity.

    • Discuss significant experimental tests of both special and general relativity.

    • Analyze paradoxes in special relativity.

    • Apply appropriate tools for problem solving in special relativity.

    • Describe astrophysical situations where the consequences of relativity qualitatively impact predictions and/or observations.

    • Describe daily situations where relativity makes a difference.

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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 10 months ago
Prior experience: I have read a book: "Why E=mc2" of Brian Cox Likes: I really enjoyed the course lectures. They were eye opening. dislikes: homeworks were the weekest point of this course. With the exeception of two assignments related to traveling to black holes and spacetime intervals, all other assignements were not very good eg. some of them got quite difficult tasks but couple of explanations answers were given. So even without fully understanding a topic it was easy to answer them so they did not shape understanging of material. Other assignments were not covering entirly all presented material. There were lovely ideas presented, methods of investigaintg cosmic distances etc. and they were not covered in homeworks. Also what was covered, was related to bunhc of very similar tasks so I felt like I'm doing same task over and over (just diffrent numbers used) without really improving my understanging of this fantastic topics.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
I don't get a certificate for this course, so I am not serious with the homework. This course is different from other physics courses I have taken in which there are quite a lot to read. I like the instructor's pace. It is very suitable to me. The explanation is very clear. I enjoy taking this.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 11 months ago
Good course and skilled instructor. The concept discussed are very interesting, the only problem are the homeworks, not always well designed.
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1/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
I dropped this course when homework was comparing very similar answers to find tiny discrepancies to find the right answer. Take this course with someone else if you really want to learn.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 12 months ago
I am new to edX and i saw this course late when it was already over. It is really fun and interesting to have such type of course.It is a fascinating course. Really hoping for the rerun of this course! Can't wait for the rerun!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
I enjoyed the course. It was rigorous enough to stimulate thinking. Work prevented me from finishing but I hope they offer it again.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
The course became more rigorous as time went on. I was especially impressed with the images and animations that illustrated key concepts in ways I hadn't expected or experienced before. Thank you, Dr. Chernoff.
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5 years, 3 months ago
I dropped the course when for two weeks straight the homework consisted of reading proposed solutions and saying if they were correct or not. Maybe it was due to rounding errors the autograder had with the first week's two assignments. But there is no way I can recommend a course with ten assignments where four of them are just reading some short answers and saying if the arguments are any good.
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