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Real Time Relativity: exploration learning of special relativity

Savage, C. M; Searle, A; McCalman, L

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Real Time Relativity is a computer program that lets students fly at relativistic speeds though a simulated world populated with planets, clocks, and buildings. The counterintuitive and spectacular optical effects of relativity are prominent, while systematic exploration of the simulation allows the user to discover relativistic effects such as length contraction and the relativity of simultaneity. We report on the physics and technology underpinning the simulation, and our experience...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSavage, C. M
dc.contributor.authorSearle, A
dc.contributor.authorMcCalman, L
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-09T04:00:00Z
dc.date.available2015-11-09T04:00:00Z
dc.identifier.issn0002-9505
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/16417
dc.description.abstractReal Time Relativity is a computer program that lets students fly at relativistic speeds though a simulated world populated with planets, clocks, and buildings. The counterintuitive and spectacular optical effects of relativity are prominent, while systematic exploration of the simulation allows the user to discover relativistic effects such as length contraction and the relativity of simultaneity. We report on the physics and technology underpinning the simulation, and our experience using it for teaching special relativity to first year university students.
dc.publisherAmerican Association of Physics Teachers
dc.rights© American Association of Physics Teachers. Publisher permission to archive the version was granted via email on 19/11/2015. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in American Journal of Physics and may be found at https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2744048
dc.sourceAmerican Journal of Physics
dc.titleReal Time Relativity: exploration learning of special relativity
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume75
dc.date.issued2007-01-18
local.identifier.absfor020604
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4103646xPUB56
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.aapt.org/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSavage, Craig, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, CPMS Research School of Physics and Engineering, Department of Quantum Science, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationSearle, Antony, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, CPMS Research School of Physics and Engineering, Department of Quantum Science, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationMcCalman, Lachlan, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, CPMS Research School of Physics and Engineering, Department of Quantum Science, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.issue9
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage791
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage798
local.identifier.doi10.1119/1.2744048
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T03:46:08Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34548534438
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