8.033 Relativity


Class Info

Einstein's postulates; consequences for simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, and clock synchronization; Lorentz transformation; relativistic effects and paradoxes; Minkowski diagrams; invariants and four-vectors; momentum, energy, and mass; particle collisions. Relativity and electricity; Coulomb's law; magnetic fields. Brief introduction to Newtonian cosmology. Introduction to some concepts of general relativity; principle of equivalence. The Schwarzchild metric; gravitational red shift; particle and light trajectories; geodesics; Shapiro delay.

This class has 8.02, and 18.02 as prerequisites.

8.033 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by J. Thaler.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-190.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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