Course Special Relativity FIS0017
Teaching period
3rd quadrimestre
Lecturer: Nelson Esercitazioni:
Programme: This course is taught entirely in english by a native speaker. The aim of the course is to give an introduction to the most important arguments of the theory of Einstein whilst providing practice in the use of the english language.

It is suitable for third year or good second year students who have reasonable understanding of the english language. Students may ask questions in either english or italian, though the replies will be in english.

The duration of the course is 48 hours, 24 lessons, two hours each, Monday Wednesday and Friday, starting April 26th 2017, from 4pm to 6pm, in aula Fubini (5th floor, turn right) at Physics, via Pietro Giuria 1.

The course programme is as follows.

Historical Introduction
Lorentz Transformations and their physical consequences
Tensors, spinors and the Lorentz group
Energy and Momentum
Maxwell's equations
The Klein-Gordon and Schrodinger equations

For further information please contact the Course Lecturer

Prof.ssa Jeanette E. Nelson
Dipartimento di Fisica Teorica
tel 011-670-7207/fax 7214
Email: (preferred)
Examinations The examinations consist of one two hour written and one oral examination, in June, July and September.   The questions in both will be in english, but students may respond in english or in italian. 
Previous exams

Course books- there are many, but I recommend
Weinberg "Gravitation and Cosmology" Part One

Landau and Lifschitz "Course of Theoretical Physics" Volume 2-Classical Theory of Fields, chapters 1-4

Rindler "Special Relativity" chapters I-VI and the Appendix.

Penrose and Rindler "Spinors and space time"
Materiale didattico on-line:
Credits: 6