Special Theory of Relativity

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Special Theory of Relativity A Brief introduction
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Classical Physics At the end of the 19th century it looked as if Physics was pretty well “wrapped up”. Newtonian mechanics and the law of Gravitation had explained how the planets moved and related that to how ordinary objects here on earth responded to forces.
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Classical Physics (Cont) Kinetic theory explained the behavior of gases. Maxwell’s Theory of Electromagnetism explained the phenomena of electricity and magnetism, predicted electromagnetic waves and identified light as an example of same.
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Classical Physics (Cont) All this came to be known as classical physics . Little did the physicist of 1900 realize what was in store during the next 100 years, when the ideas, theories, and results of modern physics were developed.
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Twentieth Century Physics Special Theory of Relativity General Theory of Relativity Quantum Theory
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Special Theory of Relativity Introduced a new way to view Space Time Simultaneity
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General Theory of Relativity Re-interpreted gravitational theory in terms of space-time.
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Quantum Theory Introduced a new way to think about atomic processes Replaced “absolute knowledge” with probabilities Helped “clear up” some problems that classical theories could not explain.
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Inertial Reference Frame Inertial reference frames are those in which Newton’s laws of motion are valid. Relativity Principle
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2012 for the course PHYS 1401 taught by Professor Jamesr.boyd during the Spring '09 term at Collins.

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