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Week  Topic  Monday  Wednesday  Friday  

1  Special Relativity  Jan 13
Organization 
Jan 15
Philosophy 
Jan 17
Postulates, Paradoxes, Simultaneity, Spacetime diagrams 

2  Jan 20
Martin Luther King day 
Jan 22
Lorentz transformation, Time dilation paradox

Jan 24
Spacetime wheel, Lorentz contraction paradox 

3  Jan 27
Trip to αCen Poleinbarn paradox 
Jan 29
Video on Special Relativity: The Mechanical Universe Lessons 4144

Jan 31
The Rules of 4D Perspective Jets 

4  Feb 3
Energymomentum 
Feb 5
The Rules of 4D Perspective: Math Redshift 
Feb 7


5  Feb 10
History 
Feb 12

Feb 14


6 
General Relativity, Black Holes 
Feb 17
Postulates of GR, Principle of Equivalence 
Feb 19
Geodesics, metric 
Feb 21
Observational evidence for black holes 

7  Feb 24
Schwarzschild geometry River Model of BHs 
Feb 26
Spacetime diagrams

Feb 28
Schwarzschild wormhole Collapse to a black hole 

8  Mar 3
Penrose diagrams Charged black holes 
Mar 5

Mar 7


9  Mar 10  Mar 12
Rotating Black Holes

Mar 14
Hawking radiation 

10  Mar 17

Mar 19

Mar 21
Fiske: "Black Holes" 

11  Spring Break  
12  Cosmology  Mar 31
Overview 
Apr 2
Hubble expansion 
Apr 4
FLRW metric 

13  Apr 7
Friedmann equations 
Apr 9
Matter, radiation, vacuum 
Apr 11  
14  Apr 14
Cosmic Microwave Background 
Apr 16
Horizon

Apr 18


15  Apr 21
Inflation FCQ week (on line) 
Apr 23
Dark Matter Primordial Nucleosynthesis

Apr 25  
16  Apr 28
FCQs (on line) due by midnight 
Apr 30

May 2  
17  Monday May 5

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