Dynamics and RelativityISBN: 9780470014592
338 pages
March 2009

Description
 Includes solutions for solving problems
 Numerous worked examples included throughout the book
 Mathematics is carefully explained and developed within a physics environment
 Sensitive to topics that can appear daunting or confusing
Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTORY DYNAMICS.
1. SPACE, TIME AND MOTION.
1.1 Defining Space and Time.
1.2 Vectors and Coordinate Systems.
1.3 Velocity and Acceleration.
1.4 Standards and Units.
2. FORCE, MOMENTUM AND NEWTON’S LAWS.
2.1 Force and Static Equilibrium.
2.2 Force and Motion.
2.3 Applications of Newton’s Laws.
3. ENERGY.
3.1 Work, Power and Kinetic Energy.
3.2 Potential Energy.
3.3 Collisions.
3.4 Energy Conservation in Complex Systems.
4. ANGULAR MOMENTUM.
4.1 Angular Momentum of a Particle.
4.2 Conservation of Angular Momentum in Systems of Particles.
4.3 Angular Momentum and Rotation About a Fixed Axis.
4.4 Sliding and Rolling.
4.5 Angular Impulse and the Centre of Percussion.
4.6 Kinetic Energy of Rotation.
II. INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL RELATIVITY.
5. THE NEED FOR A NEW THEORY OF SPACE AND TIME.
5.1 Space and Time Revisited.
5.2 Experimental Evidence.
5.3 Einstein’s Postulates.
6. RELATIVISTIC KINEMATICS.
6.1 Time Dilation, Length Contraction and Simultaneity.
6.2 Lorentz Transformations.
6.3 Velocity Transformations.
7. RELATIVISTIC ENERGY AND MOMENTUM.
7.1 Momentum and Energy.
7.2 Applications in Particle Physics.
III ADVANCED DYNAMICS.
8. NONINERTIAL FRAMES.
8.1 Linearly Accelerating Frames.
8.2 Rotating Frames.
9. GRAVITATION.
9.1 Newton’s Law of Gravity.
9.2 The Gravitational Potential.
9.3 Reduced Mass.
9.4 Motion in a central force.
9.5 Orbits.
10. RIGID BODY MOTION.
10.1 The angular momentum of a rigid body.
10.2 The moment of inertia tensor.
10.3 Principal axes.
10.4 Fixedaxis rotation in the lab frame.
10.5 Euler’s equations.
10.6 The free rotation of a symmetric top.
10.7 The stability of free rotation.
10.8 Gyroscopes.
IV. ADVANCED SPECIAL RELATIVITY.
11. THE SYMMETRIES OF SPACE AND TIME.
11.1 Symmetry in Physics.
11.2 Lorentz Symmetry.
12. FOURVECTORS AND LORENTZ INVARIANTS.
12.1 The Velocity Fourvector.
12.2 The Wave Fourvector.
12.3 The Energymomentum Fourvector.
12.4 Electric and Magnetic Fields.
13. SPACETIME DIAGRAMS AND CAUSALITY.
13.1 Relativity Preserves Causality.
13.2 An Alternative Approach.
14. ACCELERATION AND GENERAL RELATIVITY.
14.1 Acceleration in Special Relativity.
14.2 A glimpse of General Relativity.
A DERIVING THE GEODESIC EQUATION.
B SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS.
The Wiley Advantage
 Each chapter includes problems ranging in difficulty from simple to challenging
 Includes hints for solving problems
 Numerous worked examples included throughout the book
 Mathematics is carefully explained and developed within a physics environment.
 Sensitive to topics that can appear daunting or confusing
 A set of Supplementary Questions, in addition to those included in the text” are available through the Instructor Companion Site at the link above. In addition, typographical errors from the first printing are also included. If you come across any additional typographical errors then please notify us by email jcossham@wiley.com
Reviews
‘Dynamics and Relativity by Forshaw and Smith was the
ideal book for the upper level course Physics from Newton to
Einstein at Yale since it was thoroughly modern and
extremely lucid. Its most admirable features are the
countless solved examples that made it ideal for selfstudy and a
very detailed and lucid introduction to relativity.’
— Ramamurti Shankar, John Randolph Huffman Professor
of Physics, Professor of Applied Physics, Yale University
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