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Approx. 81 hours to complete
English

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Introduction to the Course, and Einstein in Context

5 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 149 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
9 videos
Course overview17m
How to succeed in the course20m
Rules of engagement11m
Math review24m
Week 1 introduction8m
Physics and Einstein circa 190026m
To the miracle year18m
The miracle year16m
8 readings
Course overview (outline)5m
How to succeed in the course (outline)2m
Rules of engagement (outline)2m
Math review (outline)2m
Week 1 introduction (outline)2m
Physics and Einstein circa 1900 (outline)5m
To the miracle year (outline)2m
The miracle year (outline)2m
4 practice exercises
Physics and Einstein circa 190030m
To the miracle year30m
The miracle year30m
Week 1 final quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

11 hours to complete

Events, Clocks, and Reference Frames

11 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 174 min), 12 readings, 9 quizzes
11 videos
Events, clocks, and observers (part 1)14m
Events, clocks, and observers (part 2)10m
Spacetime diagrams (part 1)18m
Spacetime diagrams (part 2)14m
Frames of reference (part 1)18m
Frames of reference (part 2)15m
Frames of reference (part 3)11m
A few more words on world lines10m
The Galilean transformation17m
Week 2 summary31m
12 readings
Week 2 introduction (outline)2m
Events, clocks, and observers (part 1) (outline)2m
Events, clocks, and observers (part 2) (outline)2m
Spacetime diagrams (part 1) (outline)2m
Spacetime diagrams (part 2) (outline)2m
Frames of reference (part 1) (outline)2m
Frames of reference (part 2) (outline)2m
Frames of reference (part 3) (outline)2m
A few more words on world lines (outline)2m
The Galilean transformation (outline)2m
Week 2 problem set (optional)3h
Week 2 problem set solutions30m
9 practice exercises
Events, clocks, and observers (parts 1 and 2)30m
Spacetime diagrams (part 1)30m
Spacetime diagrams (part 2)30m
Frames of reference (part 1)30m
Frames of reference (part 2)30m
Frames of reference (part 3)30m
A few more words on world lines30m
The Galilean transformation30m
Week 2 final quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

10 hours to complete

Ethereal Problems and Solutions

10 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 203 min), 15 readings, 6 quizzes
12 videos
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates22m
A few words about waves (part 1)18m
A few words about waves (part 2)7m
A few words about waves (part 3)17m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 1)15m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 2)19m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 3)11m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 4)24m
Stellar aberration9m
Ethereal solutions18m
Week 3 summary25m
15 readings
Week 3 introduction (outline)2m
A note on "Einstein and God"5m
A note on wave-particle duality and the nature of light5m
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates (outline)2m
A few words about waves (part 1) (outline)2m
A few words about waves (part 2) (outline)2m
A few words about waves (part 3) (outline)2m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 1) (outline)2m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 2) (outline)2m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 3) (outline)2m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (part 4) (outline)2m
Stellar aberration (outline)2m
Ethereal solutions (outline)2m
Week 3 problem set (optional)3h
Week 3 problem set solutions30m
6 practice exercises
Einstein's starting point: the two postulates30m
A few words about waves (parts 1, 2, and 3)30m
The Michelson-Morley experiment (all parts)30m
Stellar aberration30m
Ethereal solutions30m
Week 3 final quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

12 hours to complete

The Weirdness Begins

12 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 215 min), 15 readings, 9 quizzes
14 videos
The relativity of simultaneity (part 1)6m
The relativity of simultaneity (part 2)10m
The relativity of simultaneity (part 3)16m
The relativity of simultaneity (summary)11m
The light clock (part 1)11m
The light clock (part 2)26m
Exploring the Lorentz factor6m
Time dilation22m
Measuring length21m
What is not suspect13m
The invariant interval22m
A real-life example: the muon7m
Week 4 summary29m
15 readings
Week 4 introduction (outline)2m
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 1)2m
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 2)2m
The relativity of simultaneity (diagram 3)2m
The relativity of simultaneity (leading clocks lag diagram)2m
The light clock (part 1) (outline)2m
The light clock (part 2) (outline)2m
Exploring the Lorentz factor (outline)2m
Time dilation (outline)2m
Measuring length (diagram)10m
What is not suspect (outline)2m
The invariant interval (outline)2m
A real-life example: the muon (outline)2m
Week 4 problem set (optional)3h
Week 4 problem set solutions30m
9 practice exercises
The relativity of simultaneity (parts 1 and 2)30m
The relativity of simultaneity (part 3)30m
The relativity of simultaneity (summary)30m
The light clock and exploring the Lorentz factor30m
Time dilation30m
Measuring length30m
What is not suspect, and the invariant interval30m
The muon30m
Week 4 final quiz30m

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