Special Relativity

ISBN-10: 1891389610
ISBN-13: 9781891389610
Edition: 2009
Authors: T. M. Helliwell
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Book details

List price: $56.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University Science Books
Publication date: 5/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
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
Light and the Ether
The Aberration of Light
The Michelson-Morley Experiment
Sample Problems
Problems
Einstein's Postulates
A Revolutionary Proposal
Spheres of Light
Sample Problems
Problems
Time Dilation
The Light Clock
Measuring Time Dilation
Evidence
Sample Problems
Problems
Lengths
Transverse Lengths
The Longitudinal Contraction of Lengths
The Longitudinal Light Clock
Sample Problems
Problems
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
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 Problems
Problems
The Lorentz Transformation
Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation
Time Dilation, Length Contraction, and Leading Clocks
The Velocity Transformation
Sample Problems
Problems
Spacetime
Minkowski Spacetime
Timelike, Null, and Spacelike Intervals
Sample Problems
Problems
Momentum
Classical Momentum
Momentum in Relativity
Momentum in Four-Dimensional Spacetime
Sample Problems
Problems
Energy
Energy and Inertia
The Energy-Momentum Four-Vector
Example: The Decay of a Particle
Energy Units
Photons
Sample Problems
Problems
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
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
Gravitation
The Principle of Equivalence
Clock Rates
The Hafele-Keating Experiment
Satellite Clocks
The Global Positioning System
References
Sample Problems
Problems
The Binomial Approximation
Problems
The "Paradox" of Light Spheres
The Appearance of Moving Objects
An Approaching Spaceship
Quasar Jets
The "Terrell Twist"
Problems
The Twin Paradox Revisited
The "Cosmic Speed Limit"
Some Difficulties
Causality Paradoxes
"Things" That Go Faster Than Light
Problems
"Relativistic Mass" and Relativistic Forces
"Relativistic Mass"
Forces and Newton's Second Law
Constant-Force Motion
General One-Dimensional Motion
Problems
The Ultimate Relativistic Spaceflight
Problems
Nuclear Decays, Fission, and Fusion
Nuclear Decays
Nuclear Fusion
Nuclear Fission
Problems
Some Particles
Relativity and Electromagnetism
Answers to Some Odd-Numbered Problems
Index

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