Black Hole Apocalypse | How to Detect Gravitational Waves

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The prediction of gravitational waves rocked the scientific world, but it was many years before researchers tested the theory. See how Rainer Weiss applied his knowledge of sound waves to solve this impressive physics problem in an installment of a larger series by PBS 9-12 Space. Weiss shares details about how the instrument he developed works and animations clarify the details.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Share the calculations used to determine the distance to the moon
  • View photos of laser interferometers
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of Einstein's Theory of Relativity and waves
Pros

  • Developed in collaboration with NASA, NOVA, and PBS
  • Offers teaching tips to ensure understanding
Cons

  • None
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