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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. If there is a low amount of matter in the universe what will happen?

2. Who did Einstein encourage to begin nuclear research?

3. What does time have?

4. How are galaxies distributed through space?

5. What sort of lengths do P-branes have?

Short Essay Questions

1. At what rate is the computational power of computers increasing, and what computational rate might they actually reach?

2. What is the Schrodinger equation?

3. What new sort of symmetry was discovered in the 1970s?

4. What forces will be limited to branes and what force might permeate all of space-time?

5. What have Planck lengths helped show about the universe?

6. What is the main question concerning space-time, if one avoids philosophical discussion and focuses on the laws of physics?

7. What was considered the foundation of a TOE and why did it go out of fashion?

8. What changed about the way we view zero point fluctuations in the 1940s?

9. What partially restores determinism and why?

10. How might we able to figure out if humans live on a brane?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the relationship of Einstein's theory of relativity to Newton's law of gravity. Name three ways these theories are similar or differ. Be sure to explain the contemporary significance of each theory and their effects on modern scientific thought.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter Five provides a complex picture of the interconnections between space-time, the multiple history idea, and quantum theory. Write an essay that analyzes the relationship between these three concepts, and use at least two examples from Chapter Five that support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Using Chapter Seven as an informative text, write an essay on WIMPs. Be sure to properly define WIMPs, discuss their relationship with potential shadow brane worlds, and also analyze the lack of gamma radiation coming from black holes.

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