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Special relativity

Author: T M Helliwell
Publisher: Mill Valley, California : University Science Books, ©2010.
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Written in an clear and informal style, this text explores the most accessible of the 20th century revolutions in physics. It allows readers to build up physical intuition for what is going on,  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Helliwell, T.M. (Thomas M.), 1936-
Special relativity.
Sausalito, Calif. : University Science Books, ©2010
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: T M Helliwell
ISBN: 9781891389610 1891389610
OCLC Number: 298324403
Description: xv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Inertial frames and classical mechanics: --
Inertial frames and Newton's laws --
The Galilean transformation --
Newton's third law and momentum conservation --
Energy --Sample problems --
Problems --
2. Light and ether: --
The Michelson-Morley experiment --
Sample problems --
Problems --
3. Einstein's postulates: --
A revolutionary proposal --
Spheres of light --
Sample problems --
Problems --
4. Time dilation: --
The light clock --
Measuring time dilation --
Evidence --
Sample problems --
Problems --
5. Lengths: --
Transverse lengths --
The longitudinal contraction of lengths --
The longitudinal light clock --
Sample problems --
Problems --
6. Simultaneity: --
The relativity of simultaneity --
Clock synchronization in a single reference frame --
In the very process of synchronizing two clocks, a moving observer disagrees --
Overall summary --
No universal now! --
Sample problems --
Problems --
7. Paradoxes: --
If your clock runs slow to me, how can my clock run slow to you? --
If your meterstick is short to me, how can my meterstick be short to you? --
The magician's assistant --
Rigid bodies, a pole vaulter, and a barn --
The twin "Paradox" --
Sample problem --
Problems --
8. The Lorentz transformation --
Derivation of the Lorentz transformation --
Time dilation, length contraction, and leading clocks --
The velocity transformation --
Sample problems --
Problems --
9. Spacetime --
Minkowski spacetime --
Timelike, null, and spacelike intervals --
Sample problems --
Problems --
10. Momentum --
Classical momentum in relativity --
Momentum in four-dimensional spacetime --
Sample problems --
Problems --
11. Energy --
Energy and inertia --
The energy-momentum four-vector --
Example : the decay of a particle --
Energy units --
Photons --
Sample problems --
Problems --
12. Applications --
Binding energy in atoms and molecules --
Nuclear binding energies --
Decays of single particles into two particles --
Decay into three particles --
Photoproduction of pions --
Compton scattering --
Forbidden reactions --
Photon rockets --
Sample problems --
Problems --
13. Transforming energy and momentum --
The energy-momentum transformation --
Light aberration and the relativistic Doppler effect --
The appearance of stars to a fast-moving spaceship --
Threshold energies --
Colliding-beam experiments --
Sample problems --
Problems --
14. Gravitation: --
The principle of equivalence --
Clock rates --
The Hafele-Keating experiment --
Satellite clocks --
The global positioning system --
References --
Sample problems --
Responsibility: T.M. Helliwell.
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