For more information about Professor Shankar’s book based on the lectures from this course, Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics, visit http://bit.ly/1jFIqNu.
Fundamentals of Physics (PHYS 200)
This is the first of a series of lectures on relativity. The lecture begins with a historical overview and goes into problems that aim to describe a single event as seen by two independent observers. Maxwell’s theory, as well as the Galilean and Lorentz transformations are also discussed.
00:00 – Chapter 1. The Meaning of Relativity
18:10 – Chapter 2. The Galilean Transformation and its Consequences
31:35 – Chapter 3. The Medium of Light
43:22 – Chapter 4. The Two Postulates of Relativity
46:48 – Chapter 5. Length Contraction and Time Dilation
55:34 – Chapter 6. Deriving the Lorentz Transformation
Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu
This course was recorded in Fall 2006.