Can You Go the Speed of Light?

Is it physically possible to travel at the speed of light? A video in the Veritasium playlist discusses Einstein's Theory of Relativity. The narrator then challenges learners to consider the classic thought experiment: If you travel at the speed of light, will you see your reflection in a mirror? 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Hold a class discussion to consider the thought experiment prior to showing the video
  • Have pupils create metaphors to describe the difference of the speed of light compared to another moving object
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider monitoring the YouTube comments if making the video available for independent viewing

  • Incorporates actual scientific research
  • Narrator uses humor to add interest to the lesson

  • None