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Turning Points and Special Relativity

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To calculate your current grade in this subject area, give yourself a confidence score for how well you think you would answer each of the questions below in an exam situation.

These are not the type of questions you would typically find in a physics exam. They are designed to remind you which topics you need to revise.

For scoring, 4= Very confident, 0= No Idea. If a question is not on your syllabus, click N/A and you will not be graded on it.

Can you...

...define ether?

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...describe/draw the setup of the Michelson-Morley experiment?

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...explain fully what the Michelson-Morley experiment signified and why it signified this?

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...state Einsteins postulates?

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...confidently explain why time dilation occurs?

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...confidently explain why length contraction occurs?

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...define proper time?

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...define proper length?

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...explain why it takes an infinate amount of energy to accelerate a body to the speed of light?

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...describe the stucture of the cathode ray tube?

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...describe Thompsons experimental setup for measuring the specific charge of an electron?

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...derive the formula used to calulate the specific charge of an electron?

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...describe Millikans experiment for measuring electron charge?

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...derive the formula used to calulate the charge on an electron?

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...explain what evidence lead scientists to believe that light was a wave in the 19th century?

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...describe what Maxwell's equations predicted about electomagnetic waves?

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...sketch the graph of blackbody radiation predicted by classical theory?

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...sketch the actual experimental graph of blackbody radiaiton?

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...explain the term ultraviolet catastrophe?

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...explain how Planck's theory explained Blackbody radiation?

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