Spring 2023 - PHYS 313 D100
Special Relativity (3)
Class Number: 2825
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We, Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5005, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 18, 2023
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
1 778 782-4369
Prerequisites:PHYS 121 or 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 232 or 240; both with a minimum grade of C-.
A detailed presentation of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and how it revolutionized physics. Topics covered include: constancy of the speed of light, Lorentz transformations, time dilation, length contraction, relativistic paradoxes, space-time diagrams, relativistic particle kinematics and dynamics, electromagnetism as a relativistic phenomenon, and an introduction to general relativity. Quantitative.
COURSE OUTLINE (approximate):
Section 1: Galilean relativity.
Introduction; ideas of space and time; Galilean transformation
Section 2: Special relativity.
Lorentz transformation; length contraction; time dilation, spacetime diagrams
Section 3: Experimental tests of special relativity.
Muon decay; Michelson-Morley experiment, red-shift, Fizeau
Section 4: Relativistic kinematics.
Velocity and acceleration; relativistic Doppler effect; stellar aberration
Section 5: Relativistic particle dynamics.
Relativistic-vectors; energy and momenta; dynamics; relativistic scattering; forces and acceleration, the Rindler spacetime, particle accelerators.
Section 6: Electromagnetism as a relativistic phenomenon.
Relativistic relationship between electricity and magnetism.
Section 7: Other topics time permitting.
Optional topics depending on student and instructor interest as time permits.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
TEXTBOOKS (recommended, none required, in no particular order):
Special Relativity For Beginners: A Textbook For Undergraduates
Jurgen Freund, World Scientific Publishing (April 8 2008).
Thomas M Helliwell, Univ Science Books (2009).
Valerio Faraoni, Springer (Aug. 13 2013).
The Special Theory of Relativity: Foundations, Theory, Verification, Applications
Costas Christodoulides, Springer (2016).
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Department Undergraduate Notes:
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