Modern Physics: Special Relativity (Spring 2012) Stanford

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In 1905, while only twentysix years old, Albert Einstein published “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” and effectively extended classical laws of relativity to all laws of physics, even electrodynamics. In this course, Professor Susskind takes a close look at the special theory of relativity and also at classical field theory. Concepts addressed here includes spacetime and fourdimensional spacetime, electromagnetic fields and their application to Maxwell’s equations. He also covers the work of the German mathematician Hermann Minkowski.

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1. Special Relativity Lecture 1 (April 9, 2012)
In the first lecture of the series Leonard Susskind discusses the concepts that will be covered throughout the course. The major components of the course will be looking at the concepts of special relativity and field theory. (April 9, 2012)

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2. Special Relativity Lecture 2 (April 16, 2012)
Leonard Susskind starts with a brief review of what was discussed in the first lecture  specifically the use of vectors and spin in three dimensional space and in relation to special relativity. The lecture also brings into play more complex systems that use special relativity. (April 16, 2012)

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3. Special Relativity Lecture 3 (April 23, 2012)
Leonard Susskind begins to discuss particle mechanics and the role that they play in the special theory of relativity. This includes how particles move, the idea of momentum, and some topics on energy. (April 23, 2012)

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4. Special Relativity Lecture 4 (April 30, 2012)
Leonard Susskind moves into the topic of fields and field theory. For the most part he will focus on classical field theory, but occasionally will relate it to some of the concepts from quantum mechanics. (April 30, 2012)

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5. Special Relativity Lecture 5 (May 7, 2012)
Leonard Susskind answers a question regarding material covered in the previous lecture. Following his explanation he continues into the concepts of fields and particles as they exist in special relativity. (May 7, 2012)

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6. Special Relativity Lecture 6 (May 14, 2012)
Leonard Susskind dives into topics of electromagnetism and how it relates to quantum mechanics. This includes fields, particles, and many of the other topics that have been previously discussed. (May 14, 2012)