Publisher: Wikibooks 2008
Number of pages: 91
This book presents special relativity from first principles and logically arrives at the conclusions. There are simple diagrams and some thought experiments. Although the final form of the theory came to use Minkowski spaces and metric tensors, it is possible to discuss SR using nothing more than high school algebra. That is the method used here in the first half of the book. That being said, the subject is open to a wide range of readers. For a more mathematically sophisticated treatment of the subject, please refer to the Advanced Text in the second part of the book.
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by A. A. Logunov - arXiv
The book presents ideas by Poincare and Minkowski according to which the essence and the main content of the relativity theory are the following: the space and time form a unique four-dimensional continuum supplied by the pseudo-Euclidean geometry.
by Nadia L. Zakamska - arXiv
The main purpose of these notes is to introduce 4-vectors and the matrix notation and to demonstrate their use in solving problems in Special Relativity. The pre-requisites are calculus-based Classical Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism.
by Tevian Dray - Oregon State University
This text is intended either as a supplement to a traditional physics course which includes special relativity, or as a textbook for a course in geometry or relativity. It emphasizes the fact that special relativity is just hyperbolic trigonometry.
by J D Cresser - Macquarie University
Contents: Frames of Reference; The Galilean Transformation; Newtonian Force and Momentum; Maxwell's Equations and the Ether; Einstein's Postulates; Clock Synchronization in an Inertial Frame; Lorentz Transformation; Relativistic Dynamics; etc.