Mechanics and Relativity

Want to travel through time and space? Mechanics and Relativity dives into physical phenomena and rules of the universe. The textbook is for students with no prior knowledge in the subject. It teaches important mathematics and physics lessons relevant to this fascinating space science.

Take a tour through time and space with Mechanics and Relativity. The textbook provides key concepts, problem-solving exercises, and practical applications, from spinning tennis rackets to high-energy particle collisions. Plus, students do not need to have prior knowledge to learn the theory of motion. From the theory’s everyday applications to its highly relativistic levels, readers will gain an all-encompassing perspective on the subject. Time’s relationship with space (and vice versa) becomes clearer as the book progresses, and they will gradually build upon their knowledge starting with Newton and Einstein’s basic axioms.

Mechanics and Relativity

First, Mechanics and Relativity discusses physics fundamentals such as forces, energy, and momentum. Then, readers will dip into more advanced topics such as rotational motion, torque, and angular momentum. Students will also learn the difference between general planar and rotational motion. Next, there are chapters oscillations, waves, and theories, including Einstein postulates. Finally, Mechanics and Relativity presents space-time diagrams and explains how position, energy, and momentum are relative. Throughout the book, there are original problems for students to solve on their own to understand these concepts better. Students can find the relevant mathematics equations in the book’s appendix. Additionally, real-world applications guide readers’ curiosity and engagement with the book.

About the Author of Mechanics and Relativity

Timon Idema holds a Ph.D. in theoretical biosciences from the Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has also conducted research at the Institute Curie in Paris, France and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Now, he is an associate professor at Delft University of Technology’s department of bionanoscience in the Netherlands. In addition to mechanics and relativity, Idema has conducted several group studies on various topics, including biology of nano-scale tissues and proteins to macro-scale populations. He is a theorist who publishes research with several experimental groups. Plus, he teaches a wide array of courses, from introductory physics to geometry to courses on soft matter. In his instruction, he presents students with cutting-edge research. Learn more about Idema’s group research and teaching programs here.

Publisher: TU Delft Open
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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