Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Education
Lecture Code CC213206 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 物理教材内容論III
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Teaching Contents of Physics III
テラシゲ タカシ,ウメダ タカシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Tues7-10:EDU L104
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 08 : Curriculum and Instruction Sciences
Eligible Students
Keywords Physics, The Theory of Relativity 
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Class Status
within Educational
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Criterion referenced
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Secondary School Science Education
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・By deepening basic understanding of science subjects taught in secondary education (physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science), to be able to explain teaching contents.
(Abilities and Skills)
・Based on meticulous analysis and examination of science education in secondary education (including observation and examinations), to be able to design classes and develop teaching materials. 
Class Objectives
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This is a specialized subject of the Program in Science Education. The purpose of this course is for students to learn and understand specialized knowledge of physics among other science subjects. Particularly, this course will focus on The Theory of Relativity among other teaching contents of junior high school and high school physics, and provide students with an opportunity to understand the academic meaning of those subjects and acquire specialized knowledge needed for teaching those subjects. 
Class Schedule Lesson1: Guidance and Review of Quantum Mechanics
Lesson2: The journey to special relativity (Chapter 1)
 Aether and electromagnetic waves
 Michelson-Morley's experiment
Lesson3: A Brief History of Special Relativity (Chapter 1)
 Lorentz's theory
Lesson4: Special relativity and Lorentz transformation (Chapter 2)
 The principle of relativity and the principle of invariance of the speed of light
 Properties of time and space in special relativity
Lesson5: Four-dimensional space-time (Chapter 3)
 Minkowski space
 Geometry of Lorentz transformation
Lesson6: Relativity (Chapter 4)
 Eigen time
 Relativistic equation of motion
Lesson7: LessonRelativistic mechanics (Chapter 4)
 Equivalence of energy and mass
Lesson8: Physics of Lorentz transformation (Chapter 5)
 Setting of Lorentz coordinate system
 Principle of simultaneity and invariance of the speed of light
Lesson9: Physics of Lorentz transformation (Chapter 5)
 Do objects really appear to contract?
 Rocket war
Lesson10: Co-degeneration of Maxwell's equations (Chapter 6)
 Transformability of current charge density
 Co-denaturation of Maxwell's equations
Lesson11: The journey to general relativity (Chapter 7)
 Is it possible to distinguish between accelerating systems and inertial systems?
 General principle of relativity
Lesson12: Progress toward general relativity (Chapter 7)
 Equivalence principle
 Equation of motion of a particle in a gravitational field
Lesson13: Equations of gravitational field (Chapter 8)
 Oblique axis system in two dimensions
 General coordinate system
Lesson14: Equation of gravitational field (Chapter 8)
 Curvature tensor
 Equation of gravitational field
Lesson15: Equation of gravitational field (Chapter 8)
 Schwarzschild's solution and black holes
 Experimental verification of general relativity 
How to Think about Relativity - How to Think about Physics 5 (Shigenobu Sunagawa, Iwanami Shoten) 
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Every lesson will be lecture oriented and will be conducted in accordance with handouts to be distributed in class. It will be essential for students to review what you learned after each lesson.

Requirements Special subject (science, physics)
It is desirable that students have taken ’Basic Knowledge of Physics', ' Scientific Literacy of Physics I & II' and' Teaching Contents of Physics I & II 
Grading Method Students will be evaluated based on class attendance/performance, reports and exam. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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