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.