Dynamics and Relativity

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John Wiley & Sons, May 20, 2014 - Science - 344 pages
A new title in the Manchester Physics Series, this introductory text emphasises physical principles behind classical mechanics and relativity. It assumes little in the way of prior knowledge, introducing relevant mathematics and carefully developing it within a physics context. Designed to provide a logical development of the subject, the book is divided into four sections, introductory material on dynamics, and special relativity, which is then followed by more advanced coverage of dynamics and special relativity. Each chapter includes problems ranging in difficulty from simple to challenging with solutions for solving problems.
  • Includes solutions for solving problems
  • Numerous worked examples included throughout the book
  • Mathematics is carefully explained and developed within a physics environment
  • Sensitive to topics that can appear daunting or confusing

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Editors Preface to the Manchester Physics Series
Force Momentum and Newtons Laws
The Need for a New Theory of Space and Time
Relativistic Kinematics
Relativistic Energy and Momentum
Noninertial Frames
Rigid Body Motion
Angular Momentum
The Symmetries of Space and Time
Fourvectors and Lorentz Invariants
Spacetime Diagrams and Causality
Acceleration and General Relativity
Appendix A Deriving the Geodesic Equation

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Dr Jeff Forshaw, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK.

Dr Gavin Smith, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK.

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