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Physics of Special Relativity

Course NumberPHY 213
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours30
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 6, and PHY 111 (or PHY 211) either with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0), or permission of instructor. Explores the implications of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. Includes both relativistic kinematics and dynamics. Discusses concepts of time dilation, length contraction, the famous equation E=mc², and standard problems such as the Twin Paradox. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Mathematical aspects
  1. Solve physics problems of special relativity using the mathematics of algebra.
  2. To analyze and solve some of the seminal problems in relativistic physics such as the Twin Paradox, the Pole Vaulter problem, collisions of relativistic objects.

Relativistic Kinematics
  1. To understand the difference between inertial and non-inertial reference frames.
  2. To use the concepts and apply the mathematical relationships for time dilation, length contraction, and relative velocity.
  3. To discuss the basic construction of a space-time diagrams and use them in simple applications of physical problems.

Relativistic Dynamics
  1. To discuss the ideas of mass, energy, and momentum
  2. To solve problems involving the use of these relativistic energy and momemtum.

  1. To discuss the basis of General Relativity.
  2. To discuss the ideas of binding energy and anti-matter.

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