James H. Smith

Introduction to Special Relativity

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Author James H. Smith
Publisher W. A. Benjamin, Inc.
Copyright Holder W. A. Benjamin, Inc.
Preface by James H. Smith
About/Subject Theory of relativity
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Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 65-18901
Format Soft cover
Publication Location United States
Genre
Page Count 218 pages
Language English
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(H × W × D)
Chapters Preface . . . v

Introduction . . . 1
1. Classical Relativity and the Relativity Postulate . . . 3
2. Light Waves and the Second Postulate . . . 19
3. Time Dilation: Proper and Improper Time . . . 49
4. Length Measurements . . . 63
5. Velocity and Acceleration . . . 77
6. The Twin Paradox . . . 93
7. The Lorentz Transformation and Notation . . . 103
8. Proper - or Four - Velocity . . . 113
9. Momentum and Energy . . . 124
10. Particles of Zero Mass . . . 151
11. Center - of - Mass and Particle Systems . . . 159
12. Four - Vectors . . . 177
13. Electric and Magnetic Fields and Forces . . . 189

Appendix A. Approximate Calculations in Relativity . . . 207
Appendix B. A Summary of Relativistic Formulas . . . 209
Appendix C. A Table of Particles . . . 212

Index . . . 215

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