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Content and learning outcomes
Tensor notation. The meaning of relativity. Einstein’s postulates. Geometry of Minkowski space and Lorentz transformations. Length contraction and time dilation. Experimental tests of special relativity. Twin paradox and proper time. Relativistic optics. Relativistic mechanics. Electrodynamics. Hamilton and Lagrange formalism in relativity.
Intended learning outcomes
After completion of the course you should be able to:
- Use tensor notation in relativity.
- Use Lorentz transformations.
- Apply the concepts of length contraction and time dilation.
- Describe experimental tests of special relativity.
- Use and solve problems in relativistic optics.
- Use and solve problems in relativistic mechanics (including kinematic problems).
- Analyze Maxwell’s equations and use their relativistic invariance.
- Explain the principle of relativity.
- Perform simple analyses using the Hamilton and Lagrange formalisms in special relativity.
Literature and preparations
English B / English 6
Completed course in Vector Analysis (SI1146, ED1110, or equivalent)
Completed course in Theoretical Electrical Engineering (EI1320 or equivalent)
Completed course in Physical Mathematical Methods (SI1200 or equivalent)
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
The course is examined through an exam, which normally is a written exam.
- TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Other requirements for final grade
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web SI2371
Main field of study
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