American Association of Physics Teachers

 Shane Larson's POSTER from the AAPT Topical Workshop
Teaching General Relativity to Undergraduates
Held at Syracuse University, July 20-21, 2006

Shane Larson

 While many calculations in general relativity require intimate knowledge of the theory, there are a large number of problems which can be reduced to calculations which exploit physics and skills that undergraduates possess or are in the process of developing. These types of problems provide excellent opportunities to reinforce early lessons in fundamental physics by giving students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice their skills against the exciting backdrop of a modern and evolving branch of physics. They also provide well defined problems for exercising and developing skills useful in later research endeavors (e.g., numerical programming). This poster describes the elements of undergraduate training which we have found can be tapped and applied to good effect in undergraduate GR research projects. Several real life examples which have led to publications in peer reviewed research journals are described to illustrate the basic philosophy we advocate.



Empowering Undergraduates with General Relativity: Stepping stone to build research skills  
pg. 2/3
(click for the full sized pdf version of the poster)


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