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Exploring Relativity

A Workbook for Undergraduate Students

Lorimer, Dunan

2015, 200 p. 10 illus.

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  • Facilitates student comprehension through a series of fifteen interactive lectures focusing on strategies to solving complex problems of astrophysics
  • Uses drawing and geometric logic as an intuitive way of understanding the subject
  • Gives young students an interactive way of learning, rather than loading them down with tedious calculations
Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity are explored graphically and quantitatively using elementary algebra through a series of fifteen interactive lectures designed for undergraduate physics majors.  Topics covered include:  space-time diagrams, special relativity, the equivalence principle, general relativity, and black holes. 

The goal of this book is to provide the student with a sound, conceptual understanding of both the special and the general theories of relativity, so the student will gain insight into how astrophysicists are using these theories to study black holes in the universe.  At the end of each chapter, there is a set of exercises to further facilitate the student’s understanding of the material.

The ultimate goal of the book is for students to continue to use it as a preferred reference during and after their undergraduate career.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Interactive relativity textbook - black holes text - einstein’s relativity theories explained - general and special relativity - relativity for undergraduates - rotating black holes - space-time diagrams - undergraduate text relativity

Related subjects » Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

Table of contents 

The meaning of dimensions.- Spacetime, our four-dimensional world.- Events in spacetime.- Spacetime diagrams with relativity.- Spacetime diagrams for two observers.- The invariant spacetime interval.- Time dilation and length contraction.- E=mc^2.- The equivalence principle.- Curved spacetime.- Schwarzchild geometry.- Rotating black holes.- Journey into a black hole.- Black holes ain’t so black.- Black hole thermodynamics.

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