Relativity and Astrophysics - Cornell UniversityedX
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The study of the night sky instilled wonder in our ancestors. Modern astronomy extends the human view to previously unexplored regions of space and time. In this course, you will gain an understanding of these discoveries through a focus on relativity—Einstein's fascinating and non-intuitive description of the physical world. By studying relativity and astronomy together, you will develop physical insight and quantitative skills, and you’ll regain a profound sense of wonder for the universe we call home.
What you'll learn
- Explain the meaning and significance of the postulates of special and general relativity.
- Discuss significant experimental tests of both special and general relativity.
- Analyze paradoxes in special relativity.
- Apply appropriate tools for problem solving in special relativity.
- Describe astrophysical situations where the consequences of relativity qualitatively impact predictions and/or observations.
- Describe daily situations where relativity makes a difference.