“I live 20 miles per hour from the University.” Is that statement confusing? It should be. In Episode 20, we take a look at Rates and Functions, and discuss how they have been mistreated for the past century. More importantly, we’ll take a look at how key concepts and mathematics can get confused if we don’t say the right thing. For example, would you feel confused if I had began with “I live 20 miles from the University.”? This Episode is a replay of a presentation that I delivered the Pacific Region AAAS conference at San Francisco State University in August 2009.
This Episode summarizes and synthesizes a lot of the material we’ve looked at over the past 9 videos. New visitors will find that it serves as a good introduction to the material on the site.
The following specific points are covered in this video:
- A brief history of moving systems equations and SRT
- A look at the mathematical and conceptual mistakes we’re still making today
- Revisiting the improved results to the Michelson-Morley and Ives-Stillwell equations
- Implications on position-based navigation systems
In addition to the video, a PDF version of the presentation is available for download.
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