Special Relativity

For the Enthusiastic Beginner

Author: David J. Morin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781542323512

Category: Special relativity (Physics)

Page: 270

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This book is written for high school and college students learning about special relativity for the first time. It will appeal to the reader who has a healthy level of enthusiasm for understanding how and why the various results of special relativity come about. All of the standard introductory topics in special relativity are covered: historical motivation, loss of simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, velocity addition, Lorentz transformations, Minkowski diagrams, causality, Doppler effect, energy/momentum, collisions/decays, force, and 4-vectors. Additionally, the last chapter provides a brief introduction to the basic ideas of general relativity, including the equivalence principle, gravitational time dilation, and accelerating reference frames. The book features more than 100 worked-out problems in the form of examples in the text and solved problems at the end of each chapter. These problems, along with the discussions in the text, will be a valuable resource in any course on special relativity. The numerous examples also make this book ideal for self-study. Very little physics background is assumed (essentially none in the first half of the book). An intriguing aspect of special relativity is that it is challenging due to its inherent strangeness, as opposed to a heavy set of physics prerequisites. Likewise for the math prerequisite: calculus is used on a few occasions, but it is not essential to the overall flow of the book.

Special Relativity for Beginners

A Textbook for Undergraduates

Author: Jrgen Freund

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 981277159X

Category: Science

Page: 314

View: 7851


This book, first appearing in German in 2004 under the title Spezielle Relativit„tstheorie fr Studienanf„nger, offers access to the special theory of relativity for readers with a background in mathematics and physics comparable to a high school honors degree. All mathematical and physical competence required beyond that level is gradually developed through the book, as more advanced topics are introduced. The full tensor formalism, however, is dispensed with as it would only be a burden for the problems to be dealt with. Eventually, a substantial and comprehensive treatise on special relativity emerges which, with its gray-shaded formulary, is an invaluable reference manual for students and scientists alike.Some crucial results are derived more than once with different approaches: the Lorentz transformation in one spatial direction three times, the Doppler formula four times, the Lorentz transformation in two directions twice; also twice the unification of electric and magnetic forces, the velocity addition formula, as well as the aberration formula. Beginners will be grateful to find several routes to the goal; moreover, for a theory like relativity, it is of fundamental importance to demonstrate that it is self-contained and without contradictions.Author's website: www.relativity.ch.


For the Enthusiastic Beginner

Author: David Morin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523318674

Category: Probabilities

Page: 372

View: 5260


This book is written for high school and college students learning about probability for the first time. It will appeal to the reader who has a healthy level of enthusiasm for understanding how and why the various results of probability come about. All of the standard introductory topics in probability are covered: combinatorics, the rules of probability, Bayes' theorem, expectation value, variance, probability density, common distributions, the law of large numbers, the central limit theorem, correlation, and regression. Calculus is not a prerequisite, although a few of the problems do involve calculus. These are marked clearly. The book features 150 worked-out problems in the form of examples in the text and solved problems at the end of each chapter. These problems, along with the discussions in the text, will be a valuable resource in any introductory probability course, either as the main text or as a helpful supplement.

Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex

Author: Sigmund Freud

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486151247

Category: Psychology

Page: 128

View: 2122


DIVLandmark study examines sexual aberrations, infantile sexuality, and the transformations of puberty. A "unique" work, according to translator A. A. Brill, invaluable to students as well as teachers and other professionals. /div

The Symbolic, the Sublime, and Slavoj Zizek's Theory of Film

Author: M. Flisfeder

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137110740

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 195

View: 3600


Returning to questions about ideology and subjectivity, Flisfeder argues that Slavoj Žižek's theory of film aims to re-politicize film studies and film theory, bringing cinema into the fold of twenty-first century politics.

Theory and Practice in the Philosophy of David Hume

Author: James Wiley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137026421

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

View: 9603


An original interpretation of Hume's philosophy as centered on the relationship between theory and practice. The author argues that Hume's Essays and History represent a humanist practical philosophy derived from the speculative philosophy of A Treatise of Human Nature and the Enquiries .

Einstein's Enigma or Black Holes in My Bubble Bath

Author: C.V. Vishveshwara

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540332006

Category: Science

Page: 360

View: 5623


This is a fascinating and enjoyable popular science book on gravity and black holes. It offers an absorbing account on the history of research on the universe and gravity from Aristotle via Copernicus via Newton to Einstein. The author possesses high literary qualities and is celebrated relativist. The physics of black holes constitutes one of the most fascinating chapters in modern science. At the same time, there is a fanciful quality associated with this strange and beautiful entity. The black hole story is undoubtedly an adventure through physics, philosophy, history, fiction and fantasy. This book is an attempt to blend all these elements together.

A Brief Guide to the Great Equations

The Hunt for Cosmic Beauty in Numbers

Author: Robert Crease

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472100174

Category: Mathematics

Page: 160

View: 1680


Here are the stories of the ten most popular equations of all time as voted for by readers of Physics World, including - accessibly described here for the first time - the favourite equation of all, Euler's equation. Each is an equation that captures with beautiful simplicity what can only be described clumsily in words. Euler's equation [eip + 1 = 0] was described by respondents as 'the most profound mathematic statement ever written', 'uncanny and sublime', 'filled with cosmic beauty' and 'mind-blowing'. Collectively these equations also amount to the world's most concise and reliable body of knowledge. Many scientists and those with a mathematical bent have a soft spot for equations. This book explains both why these ten equations are so beautiful and significant, and the human stories behind them.

Masters of the Universe

Conversations with Cosmologists of the Past

Author: Helge Kragh

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191034428

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 7190


How did our modern picture of the universe come into being? Masters of the Universe tells this fascinating story in an unusual format that blends factual and fictional elements. It is based on a series of interviews that a fictional person conducted with leading astronomers and physicists between 1913 and 1965. Among the interviewed scientists are giants such as Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble, and George Gamow, but also scientists who are less well known today or not primarily known as cosmologists such as Karl Schwarzschild, Paul Dirac, and Svante Arrhenius. By following the interviews the reader gets a lively and "almost authentic" impression of the problems that faced this early generation of cosmologists. Although the interviews are purely fictional, a product of the author's imagination, they could have taken place in just the way that is described. They are solidly based on historical facts and, moreover, supplemented with careful annotations and references to the literature. In this way the book bridges the gap between scholarly and popular history of science.

Practical Microwave Synthesis for Organic Chemists

Strategies, Instruments, and Protocols

Author: C. Oliver Kappe,Doris Dallinger,Shaun S. Murphree

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527623914

Category: Science

Page: 310

View: 8428


With the novice user in mind, this beginner's guide explains thebasics behind microwave technology, evaluates available instrumentsand reaction modes, and provides practical hints for everyeventuality. Includes 27 detailed protocols for often-usedreactions. From the contents: 1 Microwave Synthesis - An Introduction 2 Microwave Theory 3 Equipment Review 4 Microwave Processing Techniques 5 Starting With Microwave Chemistry 6 Experimental Protocols 6.1 General Small-Scale Sealed-Vessel Microwave Processing 6.2 Reaction Optimization 6.3 Library Generation 6.4 Reaction Scale-Up 6.5 Special Processing Techniques