ERIC Number: ED463153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Gravity Probe B: Examining Einstein's Spacetime with Gyroscopes. An Educator's Guide with Activities in Space Science.
Range, Shannon K'doah; Mullins, Jennifer
This teaching guide introduces a relativity gyroscope experiment aiming to test two unverified predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. An introduction to the theory includes the following sections: (1) "Spacetime, Curved Spacetime, and Frame-Dragging"; (2) "'Seeing' Spacetime with Gyroscopes"; (3) "The Gravity Probe B Science Instrument"; and (4) "Concluding Questions of Gravity Probe B." The guide also presents seven classroom extension activities and demonstrations. These include: (1) "Playing Marbles with Newton's Gravity"; (2) "The Speed of Gravity?"; (3) "The Equivalence Principle"; (4) "Spacetime Models"; (5) "Frame-Dragging of Local Spacetime"; (6) "The Miniscule Angels"; and (7) "Brief History of Gyroscopes." (YDS)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Middle Schools, Physical Sciences, Relativity, Science Activities, Science Experiments, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Space Sciences
Web site: http://einstein.stanford.edu/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.