**Physics Notes - Herong's Tutorial Notes** - v3.24, by Herong Yang

Introduction of Special Relativity

This chapter provides an introduction of the special theory of relativity. Topics include 2 assumptions of special relativity; inertial frame of references; the principle of relativity; constancy of speed of light.

Assumptions of Special Relativity

Takeaways:

- An inertial frame is a frame of reference in which no acceleration can be detected in any direction.
- Einstein's special relativity is based two assumptions: the principle of relativity and the constancy of the speed of light.
- The principle of relativity says that the laws of physics are the same in all inertial frames.
- The constancy of the speed of light says that The speed of light has the same value c measured in all inertial frames.

Table of Contents

Introduction of Frame of Reference

►Introduction of Special Relativity

Time Dilation in Special Relativity

Length Contraction in Special Relativity

The Relativity of Simultaneity

Minkowski Spacetime and Diagrams

Introduction of Generalized Coordinates