Special and General Relativity, Black Holes, Warp Drives, Wormholes, Time Travel and a Pinch of Cosmology

Instructor: Professor John Boccio, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics Swarthmore College

Saturdays
March 16 through May 4, 2019
(8 weeks)
2:30-5:30 p.m. each week

Max class size: 40

Teasley Hall, Bullock Science Center;
April 27 & May 4 class will be held in the Bradley Observatory

Parking: complimentary parking is available in the west parking facility (P2) and on E. Dougherty Street

Fee: $100

Special and General Relativity, Black Holes, Warp Drives, Wormholes, Time Travel and a Pinch of Cosmology
Course number: 201901200
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Course Description

Understanding the structure of spacetime is fundamental for the study of all physics subjects.
The structure of spacetime was first formulated by Newton in his study of Classical Mechanics and Gravity.
Newton's work was extended to systems with large speeds by Einstein in his theory of Special Relativity.
Finally, in a monumental effort, Einstein then completed his theory of spacetime in the development of General Relativity.
General Relativity is a theory of the gravitational interaction and its connection to spacetime and is fundamental for the study of Cosmology.

In this class we will discuss Spacetime, special relativity from two viewpoints, spacetime diagrams, relativistic
paradoxes, relativistic energy, general relativity via spacetime diagrams, black holes, warp drives, wormholes,
time travel and some aspects of Cosmology including the Cosmic Background Radiation, Dark Matter,
Dark Energy and Modified Gravity.

No course materials will be necessary. The students will be able to get all necessary materials off of the class website.