# Book: Mechanics and Relativity (Idema)

- Page ID
- 17360

In Mechanics and Relativity, the reader is taken on a tour through time and space. Starting from the basic axioms formulated by Newton and Einstein, the theory of motion at both the everyday and the highly relativistic level is developed without the need of prior knowledge. The relevant mathematics is provided in an appendix. The text contains various worked examples and a large number of original problems to help the reader develop an intuition for the physics. Applications covered in the book span a wide range of physical phenomena, including rocket motion, spinning tennis rackets and high-energy particle collisions.

- Front Matter
- 1: Introduction to Classical Mechanics
- 2: Forces
- 3: Energy
- 4: Momentum
- 5: Rotational Motion, Torque and Angular Momentum
- 6: General Planar Motion
- 7: General Rotational Motion
- 8: Oscillations
- 9: Waves
- 10: Einstein's Postulates
- 11: Lorentz Transformations
- 12: Spacetime Diagrams
- 13: Position, Energy and Momentum in Special Relativity
- 14: Relativistic Collisions
- 15: Relativistic Forces and Waves
- Appendices
- Back Matter

*Thumbnail: Animation of Newton's cradle. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported; Dominique Toussaint via Wikipedia).*