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9: Special Relativity

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    This chapter starts with a review of special relativity’s basics, including the very convenient 4-vector formalism. This background is then used for the analysis of the relation between the electromagnetic field’s values measured in different inertial reference frames moving relative to each other. The results of this discussion enable the analysis of relativistic particle dynamics in the electric and magnetic fields, and of the analytical mechanics of the particles – and of the electromagnetic field as such.

    Thumbnail: Illustration of a light cone. (Public Domain; Incnis Mrsi via Wikipedia)

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