The Special Theory of Relativity
by J D Cresser
Publisher: Macquarie University 2003
Number of pages: 44
Contents: Introduction - What is Relativity?; Frames of Reference; The Galilean Transformation; Newtonian Force and Momentum; Newtonian Relativity; Maxwell's Equations and the Ether; Einstein's Postulates; Clock Synchronization in an Inertial Frame; Lorentz Transformation; Relativistic Dynamics; Geometry of Spacetime.
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This text presents special relativity from first principles and logically arrives at the conclusions using simple diagrams and some thought experiments. It is possible to understand the first part of the book using only high school algebra.
by Rafael Ferraro - arXiv
At the end of the 19th century light was regarded as an electromagnetic wave propagating in a material medium called ether. The speed c appearing in Maxwell's wave equations was the speed of light with respect to the ether...
by Nadia L. Zakamska - arXiv
The main purpose of these notes is to introduce 4-vectors and the matrix notation and to demonstrate their use in solving problems in Special Relativity. The pre-requisites are calculus-based Classical Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism.
by Timon Idema - TU Delft Open
The reader is taken on a tour through time and space. Starting from the basic axioms formulated by Newton and Einstein, the theory of motion at both the everyday and the highly relativistic level is developed without the need of prior knowledge.