Course syllabus

# Relativitetsteori

Theory of Relativity

## FMF061, 4,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

## General Information

## Aim

## Learning outcomes

## Contents

## Examination details

## Admission

## Reading list

## Contact and other information

Theory of Relativity

Valid for: 2012/13

Decided by: Education Board 1

Date of Decision: 2012-03-22

Main field: Technology.

Elective for: E2, F2, F4-tf, Pi2

Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish

Aim of the course is to introduce to the theory of relativity
and its ideas. Basic concepts such as time and space are treated,
and we interpret the geometry in four-dimensional space-time. The
Lorentz transformation is introduced to give the invariants a
central role. Particle kinematics and dynamics is applied to
atomic, nuclear and particle physics, and furthermore some
electromagnetic phenomena are discussed.

The course gives the possibility to study and reflect the
fascinating phenomenology of relativity. Emphasis is put on the
understanding of concepts. The students are encouraged to actively
discuss, explain and reflect the content of the course. The course
aims at inspiring the students by establishing connections to
fundamental philosophical issues as well as problems in physics and
technology.

Knowledge and understanding

For a passing grade the student must

- know the foundations of relativistic mechanics as well as have a geometric understanding of four-dimensional space-time.
- know applications within physics and technology which require relativity for a full understanding.
- have an overview of the basics in relativity needed to understand the standard model in particle physics.

Competences and skills

For a passing grade the student must

- be able to carry out calculations in simple applications.
- have developed competence in analyzing problems in relativity with mathematical methods.
- be able to describe and discuss the most important physical phenomena involving relativity.
- be able to explain basic theoretical and mathematical concepts to analyze phenomena.
- understand not too difficult scientic articles about relativity.
- be able to use information from other sources to solve new problems.

Concept of time and space. Measurement of time intervals and
distances. Lorentz

transformation. Invariants. Conservation laws as consequences of
invariants. Applications

within atomic, nuclear and particle physics. Brief heuristic
discussion of

general relativity.

Grading scale: TH

Assessment: The exam is written: the students are asked to individually work on problems which require explanations in essay-style or calculations. Grades are given according to the exam results.

Required prior knowledge: Basic Mathematics and Mechanics.

The number of participants is limited to: No

- Lecture notes.

Course coordinator: Professor Ingemar Ragnarsson, Ingemar.Ragnarsson@matfys.lth.se

Course homepage: http://www.matfys.lth.se/education/FMF061

Further information: The course is given as lectures and exercises. In addition, some special applications are discussed in special exercises.