Preliminary list of topics to be covered:
Spacetime and inertial frames
Events, clocks, and observers
Principle of relativity, and invariance
Simultaneity, worldlines and causality
Momentum, energy and mass
Creation and annihilation
Grades will be based on two reports on topics selected by the student.
Optional: Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd ed., D. Griffiths, Prentice-Hall. A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime, Thomas A. Moore, McGraw-Hill, 1995. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, R. Feynman, Princeton, 1988.
Physics 543 or equivalent, or get permission of instructor by email. Calculus, linear algebra, and complex variables.