ESP Biography



TOM ZICK, ESP Teacher




Major: Astrophysics

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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A lightening introduction to Einstein's Special Relativity in Splash Fall 15
Have you ever wondered what Special Relativity is all about? This class will provide a brief introduction to the physics of near light speed reference frames. We will discuss how time can slow, and length can contract when one observer is moving near light speed, as well as the curiosities that arise from this. Including, but not limited to, what happens to a train moving near the speed of light when it is hit by simultaneous lightening bolts (spoiler alert: they will not look simultaneous to passengers on the train!)


The Physics of Interstellar in Splash Spring 15
Interested in black holes? Intrigued by the movie interstellar, but left wondering how physical the physics of it really is? In this class we will use the movie as a springboard to discuss how time can stretch, whether planets can orbit black holes and even wormholes.


A lightening introduction to Einstein's Special Relativity in Splash Spring 15
Have you ever wondered what Special Relativity is all about? This class will provide a brief introduction to the physics of near light speed reference frames. We will discuss how time can slow, and length can contract when one observer is moving near light speed, as well as the curiosities that arise from this. Including, but not limited to, what happens to a train moving near the speed of light when it is hit by simultaneous lightening bolts (spoiler alert: they will not look simultaneous to passengers on the train!)