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Visual Aids for Teaching Special Relativity
  Location: SS Ballroom ABC
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 2:00 PM -2:30 PM
  Author: Thomas Moore, Pomona College
909-621-6474, tmoore@pomona.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In my experience, successfully teaching special relativity to introductory students is much easier if one extensively uses (1) the geometric analogy for spacetime, and (2) visual aids based on that analogy, including (but not limited to) multiple-observer spacetime diagrams. In this presentation, I will describe some of these visual aids and how such tools can help students reason more intuitively about relativity and thus avoid many common errors and misconceptions, and describe resources one can use in special relativity courses at any level.
  Footnotes: None
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