Author 
Kunstatter, G. (Gabor),

Series 
Undergraduate lecture notes in physics 

Undergraduate lecture notes in physics.

Subject 
Symmetry (Physics)


Relativity (Physics)


Quantum theory.

Alt Name 
Das, Saurya,

Description 
1 online resource. 
Note 
Includes index. 
Contents 
Introduction  Symmetry and Physics  Formal Aspects of Symmetry  Symmetries and Linear Transformations  Special Relativity I: The Basics  Special Relativity II: In Depth.General Relativity  Introduction to the Quantum  The Wave Function  The Schrodinger Equation  The Hydrogen Atom  Nuclear Physics  Supplementary: Advanced Topics  Conclusion. 
Summary 
This book provides an indepth and accessible description of special relativity and quantum mechanics which together form the foundation of 21st century physics. A novel aspect is that symmetry is given its rightful prominence as an integral part of this foundation. The book offers not only a conceptual understanding of symmetry, but also the mathematical tools necessary for quantitative analysis. As such, it provides a valuable precursor to more focused, advanced books on special relativity or quantum mechanics. Students are introduced to several topics not typically covered until much later in their education.These include spacetime diagrams, the action principle, a proof of Noether's theorem, Lorentz vectors and tensors, symmetry breaking and general relativity. The book also provides extensive descriptions on topics of current general interest such as gravitational waves, cosmology, Bell's theorem, entanglement and quantum computing. Throughout the text, every opportunity is taken to emphasize the intimate connection between physics, symmetry and mathematics.The style remains light despite the rigorous and intensive content. The book is intended as a standalone or supplementary physics text for a one or two semester course for students who have completed an introductory calculus course and a firstyear physics course that includes Newtonian mechanics and some electrostatics. Basic knowledge of linear algebra is useful but not essential, as all requisite mathematical background is provided either in the body of the text or in the Appendices. Interspersed through the text are well over a hundred worked examples and unsolved exercises for the student. 
Note 
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 05, 2021). 
ISBN 
9783030554200 (electronic bk.) 

3030554201 (electronic bk.) 

3030554198 

9783030554194 
ISBN/ISSN 
10.1007/9783030554200 
OCLC # 
1202755655 
Additional Format 
Original 3030554198 9783030554194 (OCoLC)1160942981 
