SI2371 Special Relativity 6.0 credits

Speciell relativitetsteori

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Special Relativity (SR):

  • Coordinate symmetries
  • Newtonian physics and Galilean symmetry
  • Electrodynamics and Lorentz symmetry
  • Physical implications of Lorentz transformations (length contraction, time dilation, Doppler effect, twin paradox etc.)
  • Relativistic momentum and energy-momentum tensor
  • Geometry of the Minkowski space
  • Tensors in SR

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After completion of the course you should be able to:

  • Illustrate physical processes in special relativity using a space-time diagram.
  • Apply the concepts of length contraction and time dilation as well as use Lorentz transformations.
  • Solve simple kinematical problems.
  • Analyze Maxwell's equations and use their relativistic invariance.
  • Report some experimental tests of special relativity.
  • Use tensor notation in SR.
  • Explain the physical interpretations and implications of SR.
  • Have knowledge about cosmolgical models

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Literature and preparations

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Electromagnetic Theory

Mathematical Methods in Physics

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Rindler: Introduction to special relativity.

Examination and completion

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A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Jack Lidmar

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SCI/Undergraduate Physics

Main field of study *

Engineering Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.