UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

1/20/2013 -- High School Circle: An introduction to spacetime physics and special relativity

We will work out some of the mathematics behind Einstein's theory of relativity, including the concept of a spacetime diagram, the theory of Doppler shifts, and Einstein's famous equation E=mc^2. Very little prior knowledge of physics will be required (but we will assume some familiarity with high school algebra).