## PHYS 544U

Applications of
Electromagnetic Theory: Special Relativity and Selected Other Topics

### Spring Quarter, 2005

T-Th 7:00-8:50 pm

A110 Physics Astronomy Building

Instructor: R. J. Wilkes

Professor, Department of Physics

*wilkes@u.washington.edu*, B303 PAB, 543-4232

**4 credits**

**Preliminary list of topics to be covered:**

**Spacetime and inertial frames **

Events, clocks, and observers

Principle of relativity, and invariance

Lorentz transform

Simultaneity, worldlines and causality

Momentum, energy and mass

Creation and annihilation

** Grades will be based on two reports on
topics selected by the student.**

**Textbooks: **

Required:

**
***Feynman Lectures On Physics*, Vol. 2 (any edition), R. Feynman, R.
Leighton, M. Sands.
**
***Spacetime Physics: Introduction To Special Relativity*, 2nd Ed., E.
Taylor, J. Wheeler Freeman, 1992

**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.

**Prerequisites: **

Physics 543 or equivalent, or get permission of instructor by email. Calculus, linear algebra,
and complex variables.