Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PH253: Lecture 2

Tuesday's lecture will cover the following:
  • Lorentz transformations (relating position, velocity, and time in different frames)
  • Space-time diagrams
  • Momentum
  • Energy
  • Force
Last year's scanned notes are here, by the way.

What we'll cover this week is a combination of the PH102 notes linked in the last post and most of what I have in the scanned notes entitled "relativity_L3.pdf." That corresponds to sections 1.3 and 1.5 in your textbook for Tuesday, on Thursday we'll (probably) spend most of the time applying relativity to what we already know of E&M. You can read either the textbook or the notes I'm linking, whatever you find more enlightening ...

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