8.033 Relativity

Fall 2006

A picture of Albert Einstein.
Albert Einstein first published his theory of special relativity in 1905. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes, assignments, and exams.

Course Description

This course, which concentrates on special relativity, is normally taken by physics majors in their sophomore year. Topics include Einstein's postulates, the Lorentz transformation, relativistic effects and paradoxes, and applications involving electromagnetism and particle physics. This course also provides a brief introduction to some concepts of general relativity, including the principle of equivalence, the Schwartzschild metric and black holes, and the FRW metric and cosmology.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Max Tegmark

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session




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