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Adult Astronomy Course: The Theorem of Pythagoras in Physics

Finished 1 February 2018
Sydney Observatory

Comprehend the cosmos with one of Sydney Observatory’s astronomy courses, led by Dr Paul Payne. These courses are suitable for adults and senior students (years 11 and 12).

This three-week course is an introduction to the application of Mathematics to Physics, using interactive 3D to bring principles to life. This well known theorem, that relates the lengths of the sides of a right angle triangle, is at the heart of many fundamental concepts in mathematics. With Mathematics being the language of Physics, Pythagoras’s theorem is essential for many descriptions in Physics – from Newtonian momentum to Kinetic Energy, Einstein’s Theories of Relativity, the probability of states in Quantum Mechanics and much more. The theorem has geometric and abstract interpretations, and provides a solid stepping stone into higher mathematics.

Courses available:

Every Thursday (3 week course), 18 January–1 February 2018, 6–8.30pm