Dynamics and Relativity

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

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Contents

Editors Preface to the Manchester Physics Series
Force Momentum and Newtons Laws
Energy
The Need for a New Theory of Space and Time
Relativistic Kinematics
Relativistic Energy and Momentum
Noninertial Frames
Gravitation
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
Index

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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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