Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Special Relativity Theory FIZ 505 0 3 + 0 3 6
 Precondition Courses Recommended Optional Courses Course Language Turkish Course Level yuksek_lisans Course Type Optional Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. ALİ SERDAR ARIKAN Course Lecturers Course Assistants Course Category Field Proper Education Course Objective To inform the students on the fundementals of the Special Theory of Relativity and space-time concepts. Course Content Reference Systems, Space-Time Geometry, Lorentz Transformations and Results, Four-vector, Relativistic Collisions and Decays
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Summarizes the space-time geometry, defines the Minkowski space. Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Homework,
2 Solves the relativistic mechanics questions by using four-vector notation. Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Homework,
3 Expresses the Lorentz transformation in the light of the transformation equations. Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Homework,
4 Explains the time dilation phenomenon by examples. Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Homework,
5 Explains the length contraction phenomenon by examples. Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Homework,
6 Expresses the electromagnetic theory in relativistic form, solves the relativistic electrodynamics questions. Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Self Study, Problem Solving, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Inertial Frames, Newton´s Laws, Galilean Transformations [1] Page 1-15
2 Light, Ether, Michelson-Morley Experiment, Postulates of Special Theory of Relativity [1] Page 19-36
3 Time Dilation, Examples [1] Page 39-48
4 Length Contraction, Examples [1] Page 51-60
5 Simultaneity, Paradoxes [1] Page 63-72; Page 81-91
6 Derivation of The Lorentz Transformation, Velocity Transformation [1] Page 97-108
7 Minkowski Spacetime [1] Page 113-126
8 Classical Momentum, Momentum in Four Dimensional Spacetime [1] Page 131-141
9 Midterm Exam
10 Energy, Inertia, Energy-Momentum Four Vector, Examples [1] Page 143-156
11 Decay of Particles, Compton Scattering [1] Page 159-174
12 Relativistic Doppler Effect, Threshold Energies [1] Page 181-197
13 Relativity and Electromagnetism [1] Page 289-295
14 Gravitation and The Principle of Equivalence [1] Page 203-217
Resources
Course Notes [1] Helliwell T.M., Special Relativity, University Science Books, 2009
Course Resources [2] French A.P., Special Relativity, The M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series, W.W. Norton and Company Inc., 1968
[3] Taylor E.F.,Wheeler J.A., Spacetime Physics, W.H.Freeman, 1992
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Using the knowledge of undergraduate and graduate education in postgraduate level. X
2 To be able to improve themselves by following the innovations in the field of Physics which are important in the development of science and technology. X
3 To be able to make literature search, presentation, experimental setup preparation, application and explication of results. X
4 To be able to join interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team works.
5 Sharing their concepts in seminar, symposium, conference etc. by using the skills of self-study.
6 Having the scientific and vocational wafer and defending this apprehension in every medium.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 50
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ödev 30
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 15 15
Quiz 2 5 10
Assignment 1 10 10
Final examination 1 20 20