The University of Hong Kong
Department of Physics
PHYS2055/PHYS1304 Introduction To Relativity

This page is closed for the year 2013-2014, and has NOT been updated for the year 2014-2015.

This course aims at introducing students the essence of special relativity. It is designed as an elective for students in all disciplines and all years with science background.

Topics include: "Common-sense" concepts of space and time versus Einstein's conceptions of space and time, examples of time dilation and space contraction, paradoxes of relativity including the famous twin paradox and the "pole-in-the-barn", four vectors and Lorentz invariant.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Announcements Assignments and Test
Monday 12:30pm-2:20pm, KB223;
Thursday 12:30pm-1:20pm, KB223.

Course Instructor
Dr. Kai-Ming Lee
Rm 415A, CYM Phys. Buld.
2859 2370
Consultation Hour: Wed. 2-4pm

Tutor and Grader
Mr. Xie Biye, Rm 525, 28592571.

One 2-hour written examination (50%).
Test ( April ) (29%).
Homework ( 4 assignments ) (21%).

Textbook and References
You could download the lecture note in pdf format here.
Robert Resnick and David Halliday, Basic Concepts in Relativity and Early Quantum Theory, Macmillan Pub., 1992.
Edwin F. Taylor and John A. Wheeler, Spacetime Physics: Introduction to Special Relativity, Freeman, 1992.