|American Association of Physics Teachers|
Teaching General Relativity with Tensors
from the AAPT Topical Workshop:
Teaching General Relativity to Undergraduates
Syracuse University, July 20-21, 2006
The graphics from Moore's talk are here in six web pages. Click on the indicated subject to go to the relevant page.
pg. 1 Moore described teaching GR with tensors. He presents a list of notable teachers of GR whose work influenced him. He contrasts two approaches: 1) math first then physics and the problems of this approach.
pg. 2 2) physics first and then the math and the problems of this approach.
There is a third way: Use physics to motivate the math; then develop math and extend the physics.
He offers a syllabus for this third way.
Teach tensors to provide a good foundation to students for understanding GR's big picture.
Moore's book aspires to embody the principles he advocates