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Introduction to the Relativity Principle - G. Barton

Introduction to the Relativity Principle

By: G. Barton

Hardcover Published: 12th July 1999
ISBN: 9780471998952
Number Of Pages: 240

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Relativity, almost a hundred years old in its classic Einsteinian form, is one of the most fascinating threads running through science from Galileo's day to ours. This book, based on a short course at the University of Sussex, presents relativity as a natural outgrowth of dynamics: the concepts are introduced through careful physical reasoning and simple mathematics, and are then applied over a wide range, well meshed with current undergraduate syllabuses. Features<br> * An accessible introduction through pre-Einstein relativity<br> * Scrupulously assessed experimental evidence (mostly modern)<br> * Elementary mathematics, aimed at a working acquaintance with kinematics, energy and momentum conservation, and the propagation of plane waves<br> * The book includes many carefully chosen examples and student problems<br> Introduction to the Relativity Principle is suitable for undergraduates studying physics, also as a preliminary to more formal courses designed for mathematicians.

Preliminaries.

The Relativity Principle, and its Applications in Newtonian Physics.

Einstein's Relativity Principle.

KINEMATICS.

Lorentz Transformations.

Invariant Intervals and Space-Time Diagrams.

Proper Time and Nonuniform Motion.

Four-Vectors.

Four-Acceleration.

MOMENTUM AND ENERGY.

Particle Dynamics: Momentum and Energy.

Natural Units, and the Prevalence of MeV.

Systems of Particles: Four-Momentum Conservation using Invariants.

WAVES.

Plane Waves.

Light Waves in Empty Space: Aberration and Doppler Effect.

Appendices.

Problems.

Index.

ISBN: 9780471998952
ISBN-10: 0471998958
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 12th July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.87 x 17.36  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1

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