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PHY 296H Topic: Introduction to Special Relativity

Course Description: An introductory course on the special theory of relativity. The topics include: Physical Basis for Special Relativity; Relativistic Kinematics ( Relativistic observers and reference frames, Lorentz Transformation, time dilation, length contraction and relativistic Doppler effect); Relativistic Dynamics ( relativistic mass and momentum, Newton's 2nn law of relativity and relativistic energy); Special Relativity and Theory of Electromagnetism (electric and magnetic fields and their relativistic transformation, relativistic current densities, and invariance of the Maxwell's equations).


3 credits