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Relativity Demystified

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LEARN RELATIVITY AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!

Now anyone can grasp Einstein's great theory of relativity — without formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. In Relativity Demystified, theoretical physicists (and student-savvy authors) David McMahon and Paul Ansing provide an effective, illuminating, and entertaining way to learn the essentials and formulas of Einstein's theories.

With Relativity Demystified, you master the subject one step at a timeat your own speed. This unique self-teaching guide offers problems at the end of each chapter and part to pinpoint weaknesses, and a 100-question final exam to reinforce the entire book.

This fast and entertaining self-teaching course makes it much easier to:

  • Master theoretical physics at your own pace
  • Learn the formulas and principles of special and general relativity from hundreds of worked examples
  • Use practical mathematical tools for solving relativity problems
  • Receive layperson's explanations for Schwarzhild spacetimes, black holes, gravitational radiation, and actual current research
  • Perform better in one of the scariest courses of all
  • Take a final exam and grade it yourself!

Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for those who already know something about relativity, Relativity Demystified is the best self-teaching tool or brush-up you can find!

About the Author

David McMahon is a Microsoft Certified Visual Basic developer. He writes object-oriented software and hardware drivers for Windows NT and 95/98 using Visual Basic and Visual C++. He is also a Microsoft Certification instructor for Visual Basic and Microsoft Access.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Mathematical Tools of Relativity

1 Vectors

2 One Forms and Tensors

3 More on Tensors, Tensor Algebra

4 The Metric

5 The Connection

6 Covariant Derivatives

7 Tensor Calculus Continued

8 The Riemann Tensor and other important quantities

9 Tensor Identities, Equations and more important Quantities

10 Killing Vectors

Part Two: The Physics of Relativity

11 Overview of Special Relativity I

12 Overview of Special Relativity II

13 The Basic Structure of General Relativity

14 Schwarzchild Spacetimes Part One

15 Schwarzchild Spacetimes Part Two

16 Introducting Black Holes

17 Black Holes: Part Two

18 Gravitational Radiation

19 Cosmological Models

Product Details

ISBN:
9780071455459
Author:
McMahon, David
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Author:
Ansing, Paul
Author:
Alsing, Paul
Author:
Alsing, Paul M.
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Relativity (physics)
Subject:
Technology-Engineering - General
Subject:
Relativity (Physics)
Subject:
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Subject:
Physics-Relativity Theory
Copyright:
Series:
Demystified
Publication Date:
November 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.24x7.36x.94 in. 1.38 lbs.

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