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 not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be 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.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Relativity site or on the 8.033 Stellar site.

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