Spring 2021

Geometry and Relativity

Listed in: Mathematics and Statistics, as MATH-102  |  Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-102


Ivan Contreras (Section 01)
Jagu Jagannathan (Section 01)


(Offered as PHYS 102 and MATH 102) On January 27th, 1921, Albert Einstein gave a lecture titled “Geometry and Experience" at the Prussian Academy of Science. In this lecture he reflects on the interdependence of geometry and physics. To commemorate the centenary of such an inspiring event, this course will explore the natural connections between geometry (axioms, the notions of space and time, dimension and curvature) and relativity (the relativity principle, simultaneity, thought experiments). No background in physics or mathematics (besides basic high school algebra and trigonometry) will be assumed.
The course is designed for students who do not intend to major in mathematics or physics.
Professors Contreras and Jagannathan.


Quantitative Reasoning, Science & Math for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2021