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Introduction to Special Relativity
Robert Jaffe
Mon-Fri, Jan 5-9, 12-16, 20-23, 26-30, 10:30am-12:00pm, 4-163

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: 8.01, 18.01
Level: U 9 units Standard A - F Grading   

Introduces the basic ideas and equations of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. Topics include: Lorentz transformations, length contraction and time dilation, four vectors, Lorentz invariants, relativistic energy and momentum, relativistic kinematics, Doppler shift, space-time diagrams, relativity paradoxes, and some concepts of General Relativity. Subject intended for freshman and sophomore levels. Not usable as a restricted elective by Physics majors. Credit cannot be received for 8.20 if credit for 8.033 is or has been received in the same or prior terms.
Optional recitation sections will be scheduled.
Web: http://mit.edu/8.20/
Contact: Robert Jaffe, 6-311, 253-4858, jaffe@mit.edu

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