Mass, Energy and Momentum in Special
Relativity
October 14, 2016
Invariant Mass
Consider a single spring-loaded object that flies apart into two
pieces, each of mass m (like the classical example you
Lecture 4
Lorentz Transformations
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Lorentz Transformations
We have now seen how to find the coordinates of arbitrary events in arbitrary frames of
reference using spacetime diagrams. These are great
due Thur 9/29/16, 8pm
Problem Set 0
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Before you begin, please read the two handouts in Canvas on Problem Set Guidelines
and Vectors and Components, and Sections 1.21.6 in K&K (the textbook), to reinf
Lecture 5
Spacetime Interval & Causality
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Causality
Causally connected events are those that must occur in a certain order in time because
one causes the other. For example, if someone sitting on a c
Lecture 3
Spacetime Diagrams
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An Aside on some Terminology
An event is a point in spacetimein other words, the position and time of something
that happens. (Due in part to time dilation and length c
Lecture 1
Postulates of Special Relativity, Clocks
1
The theory of special relativity, first described by Einstein in 1905, has a remarkable
history and developed in a very interesting historical and
due Tues 10/4/16, 8pm
Problem Set 1
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Short-form problems
Problem 1. Size of a computer. Note: We have already seen a few ways in which relativistic
physics appears to break down as objects approach t
due Tues 10/11/16, 8pm
Problem Set 2
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Short-form problems
Problem 1. Plotting Worldlines: Sketch spacetime diagrams with worldlines for the following
situations:
(a) Object traveling at c/2 in the
x
Lecture 2
Length Contraction, Seeing vs. Observing
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Length Contraction
In Activity 1 (Longitudinal Light Clock) you showed that the lengths of objects are shortened along the direction of motion, but
due Tues 10/18/16, 5pm
Problem Set 3
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Short-form problems
Problem 1. Velocity transformation from four-vectors. Re-derive the transformation rule for
ordinary velocity (relativistic velocity addition
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