Modern Physics: Special Relativity (Spring 2012)
By Stanford Continuing Studies Program
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In 1905, while only twenty-six years old, Albert Einstein published “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” and effectively extended classical laws of relativity to all laws of physics, even electrodynamics. In this course, Professor Susskind takes a close look at the special theory of relativity and also at classical field theory. Concepts addressed here includes space-time and four-dimensional space-time, electromagnetic fields and their application to Maxwell’s equations. He also covers the work of the German mathematician Hermann Minkowski.
|1||Video1. Special Relativity Lecture 1 (April 9, 2012)||In the first lecture of the series Leonard Susskind discusses the concepts that will be covered throughout the course. The major components of the course will be looking at the concepts of special relativity and field theory. (April 9, 2012)||4/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||Video2. Special Relativity Lecture 2 (April 16, 2012)||Leonard Susskind starts with a brief review of what was discussed in the first lecture -- specifically the use of vectors and spin in three dimensional space and in relation to special relativity. The lecture also brings into play more complex systems that use special relativity. (April 16, 2012)||5/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||Video3. Special Relativity Lecture 3 (April 23, 2012)||Leonard Susskind begins to discuss particle mechanics and the role that they play in the special theory of relativity. This includes how particles move, the idea of momentum, and some topics on energy. (April 23, 2012)||5/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Video4. Special Relativity Lecture 4 (April 30, 2012)||Leonard Susskind moves into the topic of fields and field theory. For the most part he will focus on classical field theory, but occasionally will relate it to some of the concepts from quantum mechanics. (April 30, 2012)||5/17/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Video5. Special Relativity Lecture 5 (May 7, 2012)||Leonard Susskind answers a question regarding material covered in the previous lecture. Following his explanation he continues into the concepts of fields and particles as they exist in special relativity. (May 7, 2012)||5/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||Video6. Special Relativity Lecture 6 (May 14, 2012)||Leonard Susskind dives into topics of electromagnetism and how it relates to quantum mechanics. This includes fields, particles, and many of the other topics that have been previously discussed. (May 14, 2012)||5/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||Video7. Special Relativity Lecture 7 (May 21, 2012)||Leonard Susskind reviews some of the heavy mathematics from the previous lecture and discusses how at times complicated mathematics is the only way to explain high level physics, briefly sharing his thoughts on how and where math and nature come together. (May 21, 2012)||6/8/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||Video8. Special Relativity Lecture 8 (June 5, 2012)||Leonard Susskind covers more topics in electromagnetism and relativity, including dynamics of the electric and magnetic field and the related effect of charges on the electromagnetic field. (June 5, 2012)||6/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||Video9. Special Relativity Lecture 9 (June 12, 2012)||Leonard Susskind discusses plane electromagnetic waves in regards to Maxwell's equations. He then looks for Lagrangian formulations of Maxwell's equations in order to support the laws of conservation. (June 11, 2012)||6/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||Video10. Special Relativity Lecture 10 (June 18, 2012)||As the end of the series nears Professor Susskind ties up some loose ends that have presented themselves over the course of the quarter. (June 18, 2012)||6/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Lectures 2 & 3 released 5/3 are broken
The files for lectures 2 & 3 are broken (as of 5/4/2012), hopefully corrected files will be available soon. Lecture 2 downloads and reports zero length while lecture 3 downloads but then gets thrown away immediately. I'm not really reviewing this (I would rate it highly), I'm just calling attention an error.
These files are broken
These files don't seem to be working correctly. Only the first downloads. I tried playing on Itunes and all were extremely choppy and unwatchable.
Lectures 1&2 play well
These lectures played smoothly on my Mac after downloading before playing.