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Registration is now available for the 2017 Summer Online Course "Testing General Relativity with LIGO."

The course starts on 6/27 and will be available for 8 weeks. It will explore general relativity, provide an update on LIGO's latest observations, review the classical tests of GR and explain how LIGO's observations of gravitational waves can be used to test GR.

For more information and to register, please see:

http://www.ssuexed.com/course.php?id=2839

Two courses were developed for use by instructors of lower-division calculus-based college physics courses through NSF grant PHY-1404215 to Sonoma State University.

Original material from the 2015 course, LIGO: Waves and Gravity, is available at:

http://universe.sonoma.edu/cosmo/course/view.php?id=3

The material includes three chapters with homework assignments as well as additional resources and references:

  • Learning More About Light
  • Geometry and Gravity for Weak Fields
  • Astrophysical Sources of Gravitational Waves

The entire 2016 course, LIGO: Detecting Gravitational Waves, is available at:

https://universe.sonoma.edu/cosmo/course/view.php?id=6

The material includes five chapters with homework assignments as well as additional resources and references:

  • Introduction and Background
  • Direct Observations
  • LIGO: The Basic Idea
  • Sources of Noise
  • Signal Extraction

This Educator's Guide Direct Observation of Gravitational Waves is intended for students in grades 6 and higher. It includes background material explaining LIGO's recent discovery of gravitational waves from merging black holes as well as two classroom activities.