Course SummaryThis course concentrates on special relativity. Topics covered include Einstein's postulates, the Lorentz transformation, relativistic effects and paradoxes, and applications involving electromagnetism and particle physics. This course also provides a brief introduction to some concepts of general relativity, including the principle of equivalence, the Schwartzschild metric and black holes, and the FRW metric and cosmology. (Includes a complete set of lecture slides and notes.)
Reading Material1. Introduction to Special Relativity
Resnick, Robert. Introduction to Special Relativity. New York, NY: Wiley, 1968.
2. Special Relativity
French, A. P. Special Relativity. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Education Research Center: MIT Introductory Physics Series. New York, NY: Norton, 1968.
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3. Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity
Taylor, Edwin F., and John A. Wheeler. Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity. San Francisco, CA: Addison Wesley Longman, 2000. ISBN: 9780201384239.