Classical Mechanics Unit R1 Special Theory of Relativity
Overview: This unit, the first of two on special relativity, introduces Einstein's postulates and shows how they lead to surprising results such as time dilation, Lorentz contraction, and the relativity of simultaneity. Applications include the relativistic addition of velocities and the twin paradox.
D. Kleppner and R. Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics (K&K) Chapt. 11 - The Special Theory of Relativity; Chapt. 12 - Relativistic Kinematics
Comment: Chapter 11 is the more conceptual of the two chapters on relativity in K&K and sets the stage for the various applications in Chapter 12. You should attempt the problems in Chapter 11 which are not listed below and read through the solutions to get additional insight into this material. Quiz problems will be along the lines of those in Chapter 12, but less tricky. Be sure you understand the applications of the Lorentz transformations.
After completing this unit you should understand:
Chapt. 12: Problems 1-3,5-10,14 .