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Dynamics and Relativity - William David McComb

Dynamics and Relativity

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Published: 1st December 1999
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Dynamics and Relativity provides undergraduates in physics with an unusually accessible introduction to special relativity by emphasizing the connections between relativity and classical mechanics. The book begins by developing classical mechanics in a form that the author calls "Galilean Relativity," which emphasizes frames of reference. The author shows how a problem formulated in one frame of reference can then solved in another where the problem takes a simpler form. After applying this strategy to a number of classical problems, the author discusses the limitations of Galilean Relativity, particularly for handling Maxwell's equations, and then proceeds to develop Special Relativity while drawing extensively on the groundwork from the previous chapters. The book stresses conservation laws throughout and includes a final chapter that briefly outlines General Relativity.

"The author's key idea is to discuss pre-relativistic physics in a relativistc way, thus allowing the reader to become gradually accustomed to concepts ...In this respect, McComb's book is unique. ...His presentation is clear, rigorous and concise without going into unneccessary mathematical complexities. ...examples and diagrams are used making the book easy to follow and attractive. ...The book also contains a substantial number of exercises of varying difficulty and provides their full solutions instead of simply citing the answers. To the earnest student, this should offer a hands-on test of his understanding of the theory. ...a comprehensive book that also provides the undergraduate student with a smooth transition from the classical world to Einstein's theory." Contemporary Physics 2000 Volume, 41 Number 5 pages 337-350

Galilean relativity
Conservation laws
Central forces
Mechanical vibrations and waves
Systems of N particles
Solid-body motion
Non-inertial frames of reference
Variable-mass problems
Collisions
Scattering of particles
Special relativity
Relativistic kinematics
Space-time geometry
Relativistic dynamics
Towards general relativity
Integration using a dummy variable
Solid angles
Relativistic inertial mass
The Penrose-Terrell rotation
Solutions to exercises
Index
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ISBN: 9780198501121
ISBN-10: 0198501129
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.61 x 18.9  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.83