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    PC124 – Scientific Revolutions: Relativity

    This course examines 19th and 20th-century modifications of Newtonian ideas of space, time and interactions. We focus on the concepts and consequences of the theory of relativity: length contraction, time dilation, the relativity of simultaneity, the equivalence of mass and energy, new approaches to gravitation, and black holes. We also explore the impact of relativity outside science. Readings from Einstein, Minkowski, Holton, Kuhn and others. Prerequisite: Physics 123. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.) 1 unit - DiCenzo. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement. (Not offered 2020-21).

    Prerequisite: Physics 123.