Educator’s Guide

SSU has developed an Educator’s Guide entitled Direct Observation
of Gravitational Waves for students in grades 6 and higher. It is
available for download in different formats through:

LIGO Courses

We hope to be able to offer our courses again in the future so stay tuned!

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

The material includes three chapters with homework assignments:

  • Learning More About Light
  • Geometry and Gravity for Weak Fields
  • Astrophysical Sources of Gravitational Waves as well as several sections of links to free resources.

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

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

Hanford and Livingston Observatories: