Book description
Special Theory of Relativity is primarily intended as a textbook for the students of physics at the undergraduate level. Examining developments in the field as well as the predictions of special relativity that have taken place since 1959, its comprehensive coverage includes engaging explanations of the mathematical treatment as well as the applications of the special theory of relativity.
Table of contents
 Cover
 Title Page
 Contents
 Preface
 Historical Perspective
 Chapter 1: Newtonian Mechanics and Galilean Principle of Relativity

Chapter 2: Lorentz Transformation and Its Kinematic Consequences. Intervals and Causality
 2.1 Einstein’s Postulates of Special Theory of Relativity. Principle of Relativity and Constancy of Velocity of Light
 2.2 Lorentz Transformations. Axiomatic Derivation
 2.3 Kinematic Consequences of Lorentz Transformation
 2.4 Geometric Interpretation of Lorentz Transformation
 2.5 The Light Cone
 2.6 Transformation of Velocity and Acceleration
 Problems
 Chapter 3: Mathematical Background

Chapter 4: Relativistic Mechanics of a Particle. Collisions and Conservation Laws
 4.1 Relativistic Lagrangian for a Free Particle
 4.2 Energy and Momentum of a Free Particle
 4.3 The Conservation of Momentum. Variation of Mass with Velocity
 4.4 Fourdimensional Velocity and Acceleration
 4.5 Relativistic Equation of Motion. Minkowski Force
 4.6 Energy–Mass Equivalence
 4.7 Centre of Momentum Transformation
 4.8 Kinematic Relations for Collisions
 Problems
 Chapter 5: Optical Applications of Lorentz Transformation

Chapter 6: Covariant Electrodynamics
 6.1 Invariance of Maxwell’s Equations Under Lorentz Transformation
 6.2 Transformation of Electromagnetic Field Intensities
 6.3 Electromagnetic Field Tensor
 6.4 Covariant form of Maxwell’s Equations
 6.5 Lagrangian and Hamiltonian for a Charged Particle in an Electromagnetic Field
 6.6 Equation of Motion of a Charge in an Electromagnetic Field
 6.7 Maxwell’s Equations by Variational Technique
 6.8 Electromagnetic Energy–Momentum Tensor
 6.9 Field of a Charge in Uniform Motion
 6.10 Retarded Potentials. LienardWiechert Potentials
 6.11 Field Strengths of an Accelerated Charge
 Problems
 Chapter 7: Applications of Special Theory of Relativity
 Chapter 8: Introduction to General Relativity
 Endnotes
 Bibliography
 Copyright
 Back Cover
Product information
 Title: Special Theory of Relativity
 Author(s):
 Release date: January 2013
 Publisher(s): Pearson India
 ISBN: 9789332514003
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