Students discover the Schwarzschild metric at a free fall tower


  • Hans-Otto Carmesin Gymnasium Athenaeum


elementarization, didactics, astrophysics, free fall


In everyday life, time and space are essential. Moreover, space and time are fundamental concepts
of physics. Indeed, Newton proposed flat space and time evolving at a constant rate as a basis. Accordingly to its relevance in everyday life and in physics, students are interested in the topic. Here,
I present a learning process, by which learners can achieve the essential insights of special relativity
and general relativity in an exact manner. Thereby, students experience basic principles directly at
a free fall tower and by taking photographs in a school observatory. Using these basic principles,
they achieve inspiring and exact results on their own, after an appropriate instruction. I present the
learning process and a didactic analysis, so that you can directly use the concept for teaching. I tested
the learning process in various learning groups, and I report about experiences.


Hans-Otto Carmesin, Gymnasium Athenaeum

Gymnasium Athenaeum: Lehrer

Studienseminar Stade: Fachleiter

Universität Bremen: Privatdozent




Carmesin, H.-O. (2023). Students discover the Schwarzschild metric at a free fall tower. PhyDid B - Didaktik Der Physik - Beiträge Zur DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 1(1). Abgerufen von