Age range: > 15
Resource type: course, enquiry-oriented activity
Author: Alice Gasparini, Andreas Müller
The course of Cosmology and General Relativity (in French) is divided into nine main chapters from an introduction to astrophysics to gravitational waves, covering subjects such as gravitational lensing, black holes, cosmological distances and the thermal history of the universe. Seven annexes complete the course by integrating and/or broadening the complementary notions that pupils may need for a complete understanding of the main chapters. Each chapter is related to a series of exercises and/or activities including model answers (reserved for teachers and available upon demand). The level of difficulty is based exclusively on physics and mathematics of high school and increases with the chapters, allowing a gradual immersion into the subjects: 1. The activities of the first chapters do not require any knowledge specifically related to physics or mathematics taught in High school. Rather, they help students exercise in some basic concepts from Secondary school including unit conversions, orders of magnitude and proportionality; 2. Each chapter includes exercises and/or activities based on mechanics, waves, electricity, magnetism and thermodynamics of the general High school physics curriculum ; 3. Some exercises in chapters 7-9 require mathematical tools generally acquired in the final years of High school (such as derivatives, integrals or function analysis); 4. A few exercises in the final chapters rely on basic knowledge of programming languages (such as Python or Mathematica). Moreover, several common themes can be followed through the chapters of the course, using an overarching subject that can be developed while increasing the level of difficulty. The order and selection of the activities concerning a specific theme are flexible and can be adapted to teaching constraints and the pupils’ level. Each series of exercises and activities are available online and have been uploaded separately on the SwissMAP webpage (http://nccr-swissmap.ch/education/highschool/GRcourse). The corrections and the source files (.docx) are freely available only to teachers and upon request by contacting the following email: email@example.com
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