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Physics Honors/AP 1 and 2

Chapter 26: 6-11 Assignment

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Physics 26: 6-11 General Relativity


Reading Preparation

Text Reading: Giancoli, Physics - Principles with Applications, Chapter 27: Sections 6 to 11

Study Points

Key Equations

Principles Equation Variables
Relativistic momentum p   =   mv 1     v 2 c 2     =   γ mv p: momentum
m: rest mass
v: velocity
γ: Lorenz factor
Rest mass vs relativistic mass m relativistic   =   m 0 1     v 2 c 2  

m: relativistic mass
m0: rest mass
v: velocity

Relativistic kinetic energy: KE relativistic   =   m c 2 1     v 2 c 2     =   ( γ     1 ) m c 2 m: rest mass
Adding relativistic velocities: u   =   v   +   u ' 1   +   vu '/ c 2

v: speed of rocket relative to stationary observer
u': speed of secondary rocket relative to moving observer
u: speed of secondary rocket relative to stationary observer

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: General Relativity, Space, ad Time

Study Activity

Use the Fermilab Interactive exercise for Orbits in Strongly Curved Spacetime to explore what happens when you change the mass of a black hole orbited by a small satellite. Read the introduction and descriptions, then run the simulator by varying the mass, angular momentum, and radius of the black hole.

Chat Preparation Activities

Chapter Quiz

Lab Work

If you want lab credit for this course, you must complete at least 12 labs (honors course) or 18 labs (AP students). One or more lab exercises are posted for each chapter as part of the homework assignment. We will be reviewing lab work at regular intervals, so do not get behind!