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Unformatted text preview: Goal: To get to know the ins and outs of relativity (relatively speaking) Objectives: 1) Black holes vs spacetime 2) General Relativity 3) Special Relativity 4) Velocities of relativistic objects when you are relativistic Black Hole A black hole is an object that is either so massive or so dense that the escape velocity on its surface is greater than the speed of light. As Einstein discovered nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Therefore NOTHING, not even light can escape from a black hole! No escape! The radius at which the escape velocity is exactly the speed of light is called the Schwarzschild radius. The Schwarzschild radius is an event horizon. An event horizon is a surface where if something were to pass through it, it is gone (event horizon = goodbye forever). But theres more! Mass warps space. Time is relative to space. Therefore masses warp time also! Tobject = Tuniversal / (1 r s / r) 1/2 Where r s is the Schwarzschild radius (the radius of the event horizon of a black hole) r s = 1.5 km * Mass of object / Mass of our sun Black hole astrophysics What would happen if we swapped our sun for a black hole of exact equal mass? A) The earth would be sucked into the black hole B) Time on the earth would slow down C) The earth would be slingshot out of the solar system D) Nothing would happen to the orbit of the earth or the clocks on earth. Black hole astrophysics What would happen if we swapped our sun for a black hole of exact equal mass? D) Nothing would happen to the orbit of the earth or the clocks on earth....
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 Spring '10
 Rhoads
 Physics, General Relativity, Special Relativity

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