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PC Chapter 39

PC Chapter 39

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Chapter 39
Relativity
 
 
A Brief Overview of ModernPhysics
20
th
Century revolution
1900 Max Planck
Basic ideas leading to Quantum theory
1905 Einstein
Special Theory of Relativity
21
st
Century
Story is still incomplete
 
 
Basic Problems
Newtonian mechanics fails to describeproperly the motion of objects whosespeeds approach that of light
Newtonian mechanics is a limited theory
It places no upper limit on speed
It is contrary to modern experimental results
Newtonian mechanics becomes a specializedcase of Einstein’s special theory of relativity
When speeds are much less than the speed of light

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