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PHY3063 R. D. Field Department of Physics Chapter1_1.doc University of Florida The Scope of PHY3063 Physics: To devise concepts and laws that can help us to understand the universe ( i.e. nature)! speed size seed of light in vacuum c 10 -10 m 10 -14 m Quantum Physics PHY3063 Relativity Physics PHY3063 Classical Physics Everyday world Relativistic Quantum Physics ??? Atomic Size Nucleus Size Classical (or Newtonian) Physics based on: (1) Motion of a particle can be described by position as a function of time. (2) Space is three dimensional. (3) Space is Euclidean. (4) Time is absolute. a b c α β γ Laws of Plane Geometry a 2 + b 2 = c 2 α + β + γ = 180 o d Circumfrence C = π d π = C/d = 3.1415927… Do the laws of plane geometry hold in our world?
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PHY3063 R. D. Field Department of Physics Chapter1_2.doc University of Florida Euclidean Geometry in Empty Space The homogeniety and isotropy of euclidean space can be express by three invariance principles ( i.e. symmetries of empty space): Invariance under Translation: In empty space there is no difference between the frame O and the frame O' where O and O' are related by C z z B y y A x x + = + = + = ' ' ' where A, B, and C are constants. Invariance under Rotation: In empty space there is o difference between the frame O and the frame O' where O and O' are related by a rotation in 3-dimensional space r R r = r r where R is the rotation matrix. Invariance under Time Translation: In empty space there is no difference between the frame O and the frame O' where O and O' are related T t t + = ' where T is a constant. Symmetries imply conservation laws and vice-versa! Experimental observation! No preferred origin! No preferred direction! No origin of time! Leads to linear momentum conservation! Leads to angular momentum conservation! Leads to energy conservation!
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PHY3063 R. D. Field Department of Physics Chapter1_3.doc University of Florida Galilean Transformation Consider two frames of reference the O-frame (label events according to t,x,y,z) and the O'-frame (label events according to t',x',y',z') moving at a constant velocity V, with respect to each other at let the origins coincide at t= t' = 0. In the Galilean transformations the O and O' frames are related as follows: z z y y t V x x t t = = + = = z z y y Vt x x t t = = = = Velocity Transformation: z z y y x x v dt dz dt dz dt dz v v dt dy dt dy dt dy v V v V dt dx dt dt V dt dx dt dx v = = = = = = = = + = + = + = = ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Acceleration Transformation: z z y y x x a dt z d dt z d dt z d a a dt y d dt y d dt y d a a dt x d dt x d dt x d a = = = = = = = = = = = = 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' y x z y' z' x' V Event O: (t,x,y,z) O': (t'.x',y',z') O O' x' x Vt' Time is absolute! Classical velocity addition formula! Acceleration is a Galilean invariant!
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PHY3063 R. D. Field Department of Physics Chapter1_4.doc University of Florida Postulates of Classical Physics Consider two frames of reference the O-frame (label events according to t,x,y,z) and the O'-frame (label events according to t',x',y',z') moving at a constant velocity V, with respect to each other at let the origins coincide at t= t' = 0. Let the force F act on a mass m in the O-frame
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