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MX 4536
SPECIAL RELATIVITY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: TBC

Pre-requisite(s): Either: (a) MA 2507 and MA 2506; or: (b) MA 2507 and PX 2015.

Note(s): Special Option. Not available in session 2012/13.

The failure of the Newtonian model of physics. The basic principles of the Special Theory of Relativity. The Lorentz transformation and its applications, including length and time dilation. The kinematics of particles. 4-vectors and Minkowski space. The dynamics of particles, momentum, energy and force. Relativistic optics. Collision problems.

12 week course - 2 one-hour lectures per week and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (80%); in-course assessment (20%).

Resit: If required and permitted by Regulations, there will be 1 two-hour written examination. The CAS mark will be based on the maximum of examination (100%) and examination (80%) together with in-course assessment (20%).