Introduction to the Relativity Principle

Introduction to the Relativity Principle

By: G. Barton (author)Hardback

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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 � An accessible introduction through pre-Einstein relativity � Scrupulously assessed experimental evidence (mostly modern) � Elementary mathematics, aimed at a working acquaintance with kinematics, energy and momentum conservation, and the propagation of plane waves � The book includes many carefully chosen examples and student problems 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.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780471998952
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780471998952
  • weight: 574
  • ISBN10: 0471998958

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