Relativity

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Tweefo (January 07, 2014, 12:20:46 PM):
My show this year will touch on Relativity, Special as well as General. How can I explain both in simple (primary school level) language? Also maybe a short description on the difference between the two.
So please, the teachers out there, a lesson plan?
brianvds (January 07, 2014, 12:30:59 PM):
My show this year will touch on Relativity, Special as well as General. How can I explain both in simple (primary school level) language? Also maybe a short description on the difference between the two.
So please, the teachers out there, a lesson plan?

I think relatively few people can understand relativity in any terms whatever. I certainly don't. For primary school level, perhaps a better idea might be to just touch upon some of the counter-intuitive and mind bending implications, such as time dilation.
Mefiante (January 07, 2014, 12:44:09 PM):
Here’s a collection of videos made specially for kids that you could use to get you started. Many more resources are indicated by Google if you have the time to go through them. A long time ago, I had a book called Readable Relativity by Clement Durell which explains special relativity in very accessible terms without trivialising it or complicating it with technical jargon. The book assumes a basic knowledge of geometry, algebra and trigonometry, and so might be suitable only for the later school grades.

'Luthon64
Tweefo (January 07, 2014, 13:35:42 PM):
Thanks. It must be very short. My aim is not to teach them the theory, more an introduction to it.
cr1t (January 07, 2014, 14:02:24 PM):
If only there was a site that you could go to and look up stuff ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity#Two-theory_view

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