Albert Einstein is perhaps the most iconic figure in science. As a physicist, his famous equation E = mc2 is recognized worldwide.
(Ok . . .but what does he have to do with chemistry??)
As we continue our study of matter and energy, we focus on the atom and its behaviors and interactions with other atoms. Let's take a stroll back in history to learn about the scientists who worked hard to give us our current understanding of the atom and the immense energy it holds within it's tiny structure.
Journal Entry #27
Einstein was a thinker. He reflected on what he knew, questioned what he didn't know, and imagined things beyond our physical senses. After watching the movie "Einstein's Big Idea" in class, write a 1 page reflection. Some questions to ponder . . .
What did you learn from the movie that you never knew?
What interested you most about any of the scientists from the movie and how they lived?
If Einstein were alive today, what do you think would surprise, delight, or horrify him about the technologies and modern developments
that stem from his equation?
Listen to Einstein explain his equation!
"It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing -- a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind. Furthermore, the equation E is equal to m c-squared, in which energy is put equal to mass, multiplied by the square of the velocity of light, showed that very small amounts of mass may be converted into a very large amount of energy and vice versa. The mass and energy were in fact equivalent, according to the formula mentioned above. This was demonstrated by Cockcroft and Walton in 1932, experimentally."
From the soundtrack of the film, Atomic Physics.
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