This course is designed to help the student acquire an understanding of the formalism and concepts of relativity as well as its application to physical problems. Topics include the Lorentz transformation, 4vectors and tensors, covariance of the equations of physics, transformation of electromagnetic fields, particle kinematics and dynamics. Recommended background: knowledge of mechanics and electrodynamics at the intermediate level. This course will be offered in 200607 and in alternating years thereafter.
The required textbook for our course is "Introducing
Special Relativity", W.S.C. Williams, Taylor and Francis Inc.,
We meet at 10:00 on MTRF in OH 223. As usual for a physics class, expect regular
homework and two or three exams. Additionally, early in the course I’ll ask you
to be “Prof for a day” and, later, to do an endofterm assignment.
% 
Activity 
20.0% 
Homework 
50.0% 
Exams 
7.5% 
Participation 
7.5% 
"Prof for a day" 
15.0% 
Endofterm assignment 
Points  For each problem (out of five possible points): 
5 
Miracles 
1 to 5  Writeup hard to read or understand 
1 
No commentary 
1 
Missing or incorrect units on
numerical answers 
1  No boxes around answers 
In general, for any given problem:  
5 =  Very good  writeup clear and correct 
4 =  Good  writeup clear and mostly correct, or understandable
and correct 
3 =  Acceptable  writeup understandable and mostly correct 
And for an entire assignment:  
5  Electronic submission 
1  No name 
1  Ragged edges 
1  No staple 
Week of  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
7 January 2007 
What's
due Today's material Sections 
HW1, your input Intro S.1.02.4 
 P and E S.2.52.9 

14 January   Relativistic kinematics I S.3.13.5 
ABS1, E=mc^2 Relativistic kinematics I S.3.6, 3.9, 3.10 
 Relativistic kinematics I S.3.113.13 
HW2, Ch.2&3 Electrodynamics S.4.14.4 

21 January 
 Electrodynamics S.4.54.9 
ABS2, Lorentz contraction SR Foundations S.5.15.5 
 SR Foundations S.5.65.11 
HW3, Ch.3&4 Photon kinematics S.6.16.4 

28 January 
 t and l T.15.415.6 
EXAM1, Ch.14 
 Fourvectors T.15.715.8 
HW4, Ch.5&6 Scalar product T.15.9 

4 February 
 Light cone T.15.1015.11 
ABS3, Einstein's kinematics Relativistic forces T.15.1215.15 
Bates Linear Accelerator Center 
Project topics Massless particles T.15.16 
HW5, Taylor Ch.15 Tensors T.15.17 
11 February 
 Electrodynamics T.15.18 
EXAM2, Ch.5, S.6.16.4, T.15.415.11 
Advising Day 
No class 

18 February 
ABS4, Einstein's E&M General relativity  
HW6, Taylor Ch.15 General relativity  
Project abstracts General relativity  
ABS5, g and hv General relativity  

25 February 
Project uploads Project presentations  
HW7, GR Project presentations  
EXAM3, T.15.1215.18, GR 
"Guest professor" 
Sections 
Homework solutions 
Verlinden, Nicholas 
2.5, 2.6 
2.1, 2.2 
Stevens, Keeley 
2.7, 2.8 
2.3, 2.4 
Scheid, Eric 
3.3 
2.5, 2.6 
 
3.4 
 
Petrova, Olga 
3.5 
2.7, 2.8 
Osborne, Kenneth 
3.6 
3.1, 3.2 
Morin, Nathaniel 
3.9, 3.10 
3.3, 3.5 
Foltz, Ryan 
3.11 
3.6, 3.7 
Labounty, Meghan 
3.12, 3.13 
3.8, 3.9 
Kraft, Daniel 
4.2 
3.10, 3.11 
Kejriwal, Akhil 
4.3, 4.4 
3.12, 4.1 
Harvey, Clifford 
4.5, 4.6 
4.2, 4.3 
Gould, Elizabeth 
4.7, 4.8, 4.9 
5.1, 6.1 
Gao, Jean 
5.2 
6.2, 6.3 
DeGraf, Colin 
5.3 
6.5, 6.6 
Bruner, Christopher 
5.4, 5.5 
6.11, 6.15 
Artim, Gregory 
5.6, 5.7 
T.15.7, 15.13 
Abebe, Eyuel 
5.8 
T.15.19, 15.28 
Kavulich, Michael 
5.9, 5.10 
T.15.29, 15.33 
Shizume, Tesia 
6.2 
T.15.37, 15.42 
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