Relativity OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Physics Course on Relativity

Published Feb 02, 2009

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An undergraduate-level introduction to special relativity is presented in 'Relativity,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this free online course, participants explore Einstein's theory of special relativity and its related topics. Those seeking a Bachelor of Science in Physics will find beneficial preparatory information in this course.

Relativity: Course Specifics

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Relativity: Course Description

Concepts involving special relativity are outlined in this OpenCourseWare. Special emphasis is placed on the theories and works of Albert Einstein. This course will begin by covering Einstein's postulates and their various consequences. Other topics pertinent to special relativity include the Lorentz transformation, Minkowski diagrams, relativistic effects and Coulomb's law. This OpenCourseWare also introduces principles and applications of general relativity, including cosmology, black holes, gravitational red shift and gravitational lensing. Professor Max Tegmark exhibits this course in lecture format and provides notes for each lecture topic. Students interested in this OpenCourseWare should consider taking 'Physics I' and 'Calculus II' as prerequisites.

This OpenCourseWare offers readings, lecture notes and practice exams as free downloads. More information can be found on the Relativity course home page.

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