Special Theory of Relativity

IIT Bombay Course , Prof. Shiva Prasad

Lecture 1: Problem with Classical Physics

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Special Theory of Relativity by Prof. Shiva Prasad,Department of Physics,IIT Bombay.For more details on NPTEL visit http://nptel.ac.in

Course Description :

Inertial Frames, Universality of Newton's second law in all inertial frames, Classical Relativity, Does universal rest (ether) exists - Michelson Morley Experiment - Postulates of Special Theory of Relativity, Concept of transformation, Galilean Transformation, Simultaneity of two events in different inertial frames of reference and its frame dependence - Lorentz Transformation - Length Contraction and Time dilation with examples - Velocity Transformation, Relative velocity with examples, Time like and Space Like intervals, Causality - Need to redefine Momentum, Vector and Four-Vectors - Proper time interval, Velocity and Momentum-Energy Four Vector - Mass-Energy Relationship, Relationship between new energy and momentum - Relativistic Dynamics - Mass-Energy Relationships, zero mass particles - Geometry of Space-time, space-like and time-like interval, Light cone - Four Dimensional form of Maxwell's equations - Four dimensional Vector Potential - Stress- Energy Momentum Tensor and Conservation Laws - Lagrangian formulation of Electrodynamics - Relativistic treatment of Radiation

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