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Henderson's Regular Physics Quizzes

(1998-99 School Year)

 

Suggestions for this week's quiz (Unit 7 Quiz):

This week's quiz on Unit 7 material is tentatively scheduled for Friday, January 29. The quiz will be a one-page quiz, covering only one side of a single sheet of paper. The equations for length contraction and the mass-energy equivalence will be provided along with the value of c. Other than a calculator, no other helps will be provided nor allowed. Students can expect the following concepts, skills, and problem-types to be assessed on this quiz:

  1. An understanding of the two postulates of Einstein's theory of special relativity and the implications of these two postulates as well as an ability to contrast the thrust of relativistic ideas with classical notions. Review of pp. 1-2 of the packet and Sections 1 through 5 of Chapter 15 of the Hewitt book would be good prepartion for this portion of the quiz.
  2. An understanding of the principle of time dilation and its implications towards the possibility and nature of spacetime travel; an ability to explain how Einstein's light clock thought experiment supports the notion of time dilation; an ability to explain how the twin trip thought experiment supports the notion of time dilation. Review of pp. 3-6 of the packet and Sections 6 through 8 of Chapter 15 of the Hewitt book would be good prepartion for this portion of the quiz.
  3. An understanding of length contraction and an ability to utilize the length contraction equation to predict the length of high-speed (i.e., relativistic speeds) objects as viewed from a reference frame at rest relative to the moving object. Review of pp. 7-8 of the packet and Section 1 of Chapter 16 of the Hewitt book would be good prepartion for this portion of the quiz.
  4. An understanding of the concept of relativistic momentum and inertia and the ability to use these concepts of inertia, momentum and force to explain why an object can never be pushed to a speed equal with the speed of light. Review of Section 2 of Chapter 16 of the Hewitt book would be good prepartion for this portion of the quiz.
  5. An understanding of the relationship between mass and energy. Review of Sections 3 and 4 of Chapter 16 of the Hewitt book would be good prepartion for this portion of the quiz.

 

Sample Quizzes (Unit 7 Quiz):

You can view a sample quiz by using the following link:

Unit 7 Quiz (1997)

 

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