Theory of Special Relativity
by Nadia L. Zakamska
Publisher: arXiv 2015
Number of pages: 98
The main purpose of these notes is to introduce 4-vectors and the matrix notation and to demonstrate their use in solving standard problems in Special Relativity. The pre-requisites for the class are calculus-based Classical Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism, and Linear Algebra is highly recommended.
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