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Special Relativity for Beginners

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ISBN-10: 9812771603

ISBN-13: 9789812771605

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jürgen Freund

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This book, first appearing in German in 2004 under the title Spezielle Relativitatstheorie fur Studienanfanger, offers access to the special theory of relativity for readers with a background in mathematics and physics comparable to a high school honors degree. All mathematical and physical competence required beyond that level is gradually developed through the book, as more advanced topics are introduced. The full tensor formalism, however, is dispensed with as it would only be a burden for the problems to be dealt with. Eventually, a substantial and comprehensive treatise on special relativity emerges which, with its gray-shaded formulary, is an invaluable reference manual for students…    
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
The Postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity
Time Dilation
The Hafele-Keating Experiment
Length Contraction
The Unification of Electric and Magnetic Forces
Lorentz Transformation
Minkowski Diagrams
Examples
Events
Simultaneity
World Lines
Time Dilation
Length Contraction
Past, Future, Causality
Speed Faster than Light
Simultaneity
Problems for Part I
Kinematics
Transformation of Velocities
Aberration of Light
Transformation of Accelerations
Accelerated Motion
The Rocket-Rope Paradox (Bell's Paradox)
Doppler Effect
The Twin Paradox and k-Calculus
Images of Fast Moving Objects
Rotation and Lorentz Transformation
Lorentz Transformation in Two and Three Spatial Directions
The Rod-Through-The-Window Paradox
Problems for Part II
Dynamics
Mass and Momentum
Motion of a Rocket
Force
Energy
Energy-Momentum Equation and Diagrams
Lorentz Transformation of Energy and Momentum
Invariance and Distance in Three-Dimensional Space
Invariance and Distance in Four-Dimensional Space-Time
Problems for Part III
Four-Vectors and Electromagnetism
Four-Vectors and Scalar Products
Calculus with the Energy-Momentum Vector
Examples
Completely Inelastic Collision of two Particles
Production of a Proton-Antiproton Pair
Absorption of a Photon by an Atom
Emission of a Photon by an Atom
Decay of a Particle at Rest into two Particles
Production of an Electron-Positron Pair from a Photon (Pair Production)
Dematerialization of an Electron-Positron Pair into two Photons (Pair Annihilation)
Compton Effect
Inverse Compton Effect
Bremsstrahlung
Four-Velocity and Four-Acceleration
The Angular Frequency-Wave Number Vector
The Charge Density-Current Density Vector
The Power-Force Vector (Minkowski Force)
Transformation of Electric and Magnetic Fields
Fields of a Passing Point Charge
The Shape Invariance of Maxwell's Equations
Problems for Part IV
Solutions
Further Reading
Index