{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

ImportantConcepts05

# ImportantConcepts05 - Physics 136 Kip Thorne Important...

This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

Physics 136 Caltech Kip Thorne Nov 3, 2002 Important Concepts Chapters 1 through 5 I Frameworks for physical laws and their relationships to each other A General Relativity, Special Relativity and Newtonian Physics: Sec. 1.1 B Phase space for a collection of particles: Chap 2 C Phase space for an ensemble of systems: Chap 3 D Relationship of Classical Theory to Quantum Theory 1 Mean occupation number as classical distribution function: Sec. 2.3 2 Mean occupation number determines whether particles behave like a classical wave, like classical particles, or quantum mechanically: Secs. 2.3 & 2.4; Ex. 2.1; Fig. 2.5 II Physics as Geometry A Newtonian: coordinate invariance of physical laws 1 Idea Introduced: Sec. 1.2 2 Newtonian particle kinetics as an example: Sec. 1.4 B Special relativistic: frame-invariance of physical laws 1 Idea introduced: Sec. 1.2 2 Relativistic particle kinetics: Sec. 1.4 a Stress-energy tensor: Sec. 1.12 4 Electromagnetic theory: Sec. 1.10 a Lorentz force law: Sec. 1.4 5 Kinetic theory: Chap. 2 a Derivation of equations for macroscopic quantities as integrals over momentum space [Sec. 2.5] b Distribution function is frame-invariant and constant along fiducial C Statistical mechanics: invariance of the laws under canonical transformations (change of generalized coordinates and momenta in phase space): Sec. 3.2, Ex. 3.1 III 3+1 Splits of spacetime into space plus time, and resulting relationship

This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

### Page1 / 3

ImportantConcepts05 - Physics 136 Kip Thorne Important...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document
Ask a homework question - tutors are online