Beginning learning Relativity

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Okay I am a high school school student trying to learn the components of relativity, but i can't find anything that really explains any of it with examples and actual numbers. Does anyone know of a good place to learn this? I just feel stuck with high school education in the field of physics.
 

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You should start with a presentation of SR that emphasizes spacetime diagrams. Lots of people here say that the book by Taylor & Wheeler is the best choice. (I haven't read it myself). You should also do a search for similar threads. JesseM posted a bunch of links to online resources in one of them.
 
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Spacetime Physics by Taylor and Wheeler is a good book, but another good book, A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime: An Introduction to the Special Theory of Relativity by Thomas A. Moore, might be more appropriate for you.
 
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Okay I am a high school school student trying to learn the components of relativity, but i can't find anything that really explains any of it with examples and actual numbers. Does anyone know of a good place to learn this? I just feel stuck with high school education in the field of physics.

I'd recommend that you start with Einstein's little book, "Relativity, the Special and the General Theory", by Crown Publishers. Ignore the latter part (on GR), until you've CAREFULLY read through the SR part at least twice, and maybe even three times.

Also, read (until you fully understand) the appendix on the derivation of the Lorentz equations.

Mike Fontenot
 
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Okay I am a high school school student trying to learn the components of relativity, but i can't find anything that really explains any of it with examples and actual numbers. Does anyone know of a good place to learn this? I just feel stuck with high school education in the field of physics.

This lecture series helped me immensely: http://www.youtube.com/stanford#g/c/6C8BDEEBA6BDC78D
 
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Actually you can learn this to a place that no one can disturb you if you are studying this lessons components of relativity, but i can't find anything that really explains any of it with examples and actual numbers. Does anyone know of a good place to learn this? I just feel stuck with high school education in the field of physics.
 
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but you must to understand about that lesson because if you are locking with one lesson it is difficult for you to understand that..
 
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For me you should accomplish that lesson for you because it is very helpful because if you encountered that you can say that it is very easy..
 
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You should start with a presentation of SR that emphasizes spacetime diagrams. Lots of people here say that the book by Taylor & Wheeler is the best choice. (I haven't read it myself). You should also do a search for similar threads. JesseM posted a bunch of links to online resources in one of them.
Here's the thread you're referring to:

https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=441257
 

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