The Mathematics of the Universe

Physics 235, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Professor
Hubert Bray
bray@math.duke.edu

189 Physics Building (919)757-8428 (mobile)

Office Hours: after class, upon request

TA: Sam Lester, samuel.lester@duke.edu

189 Physics Building (919)757-8428 (mobile)

Office Hours: after class, upon request

TA: Sam Lester, samuel.lester@duke.edu

Watch these videos:

3.01 The Rule of Pythagoras

3.02 Rotations and the Dot Product

3.03 Gauss's Geometry and Special Relativity

For Thursday, July 11

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3.04 Special Relativity is a Minus Sign in the Rule of Pythagoras

3.05 The Light Cone

3.06 The Universality of the Speed of Light

For Friday, July 12

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3.07 World Lines and the Twin "Paradox"

3.08 Boosts are Rotations in Space and Time

For Monday, July 15

Papers and presentations due.

For Tuesday, July 16

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3.09 How Velocities Add

3.10 How Velocities Add, Part 2

For Wednesday, July 17

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3.11 How Lengths Contract

3.12 The Train in the Tunnel Paradox

For Thursday, July 18

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3.13 De Sitter Space: The Spacetime Unit Sphere of Special Relativity

3.14 Hyperbolic Space The Spacelike Unit Sphere of Special Relativity

For Friday, July 19

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3.15 Time Travel and Alien Abduction

4.01 Intro to General Relativity

4.02 The Geometry of Black Holes

For Monday, July 22

Papers and presentations due.

For Tuesday, July 23:

View these slides: Presentation on Special and General Relativity

For Monday, July 29

Papers and presentations due.