Gravitational Wave Science in the High School Classroom

10/21/2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ben Farr
Speaker affiliation: 
Northwestern University

Gravitational waves have the potential to bring astronomy into the next era by providing an entirely new means of observing astronomical phenomena.  By measuring fluctuations down to the sub-attometer scale, scientists are hoping to measure the gravitational effects of extreme cosmic events happening millions of parsecs away.  This widely multidisciplinary work encompasses fields ranging from astrophysics to quantum optics.  I will discuss a few examples of how I integrated gravitational wave science into a high school astronomy curriculum, where students learned about a variety of topics in the field, with particular focus on astrophysical sources, detector technology, and data analysis techniques.

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