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Special relativity

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Anno accademico 2006/2007

Codice dell'attività didattica
F8066
Docente
Prof. Jeanette Ethel Nelson (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studi
c303 laurea 1° liv. in fisica
Anno
3° anno
Tipologia
Altre attività
Crediti/Valenza
3
SSD dell'attività didattica
FIS/02 - fisica teorica, modelli e metodi matematici
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Sommario insegnamento

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Programma

This course is taught entirely in english by a native speaker. The aim of the course is to give an introduction to the most important arguments of the theory of Einstein whilst providing practice in the use of the english language.

It is suitable for third year or good second year students who have reasonable understanding of the english language.

Students may ask questions in either english or italian, though the replies will be in english.

The duration of the course is 20 hours, ten lessons, two hours each, 5.30 to 7.30 pm, starting 5 May, then 9-12,16-19 and 23 May 2005.

The course programme is as follows.

Historical Introduction Lorentz Transformations and their physical consequences Tensors, spinors and the Lorentz group
Energy and Momentum Maxwell's equations

Testi consigliati e bibliografia

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Course books- there are many, but I recommend
Weinberg "Gravitation and Cosmology" Part One

Landau and Lifschitz "Course of Theoretical Physics" Volume 2-Classical Theory of Fields, chapters 1-4

Rindler "Special Relativity" chapters I-VI and the Appendix.

Penrose and Rindler "Spinors and space time"



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Note

The examinations consist of one two hour written and one oral examination. The questions in both will be in english, but students may respond in english or in italian. Dates for 2005 are 30 June (written), 7 July (oral) and 1 September (written), 7 September (oral).

Adequate replies in english to BOTH the written and oral examination implies a further 3 credits (F 8074 ulteriori conoscenze linguistiche).

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