For more information about Professor Shankar’s book based on the lectures from this course, Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics, visit http://bit.ly/1jFIqNu.

Fundamentals of Physics (PHYS 200)

The discussion of four-vector in relativity continues but this time the focus is on the energy-momentum of a particle. The invariance of the energy-momentum four-vector is due to the fact that rest mass of a particle is invariant under coordinate transformations.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Recap: The Four-Vectors of Position, Velocity and Momentum in Space-Time

15:53 – Chapter 2. The Energy-Momentum Four-Vector

32:20 – Chapter 3. Relativistic Collisions

41:09 – Chapter 4. Law of Conservation of Energy and Momentum Using the Energy-Momentum Four-Vector

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.