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Einstein Demonstrations- General Relativity

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This podcast is part of the series: Einstein Demonstrations


McWane Science Center


McWane Science Center


Space-Time Sheet – use a spandex sheet it is possible to show a heavy mass in the center of the grid distorting space-time. Rolling smaller balls past the mass, within the well but not into the mass, will illustrate the deflection of light that appears in an intense gravitational field. This deflection also lends itself to supporting the particle nature of light.

Length: 01:54

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (3)
4. Define force and motion.
  • Identifying forces that change an object's position or motion
  • Examples: lifting, pushing, pulling
  • Identifying sources of friction
  • Examples: rubbing hands together, applying sandpaper to wood
  • Describing the force of gravity
    SC (5)
    6. Compare effects of gravitational force on Earth, on the moon, and within space.
  • Identifying contributions of Newton to the study of gravity
  • Describing how a spring scale is used to measure weight
  • Explaining how air resistance affects falling objects
    SC2015 (9-12) Earth and Space Science
    6. Obtain and evaluate information about Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein to communicate how their findings challenged conventional thinking and allowed for academic advancements and space exploration.


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