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Homework Help: Special relativity and inertial frames of reference

  1. Aug 7, 2006 #1
    i hope u can answer these ? for me plz

    1) how does einstein's special theory of relativity and inertial frames of reference explain and predict the behaviour of natural phenomena (weather)?

    2)explain the conservation mass -energy as applied in special relativity?

    3) what is the relationship between the energy of a single quantum and the frequency of the radiation?

    4) explain the photoelectric effect in terms of the quantum energy concept and outline the experimental evidence that supports ta particle model of light?

    if u could help me it would be most apriciated thank u
    sinerly a science friend
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  3. Aug 7, 2006 #2
    That first one is kind of broad. I'd start with a discussion of the velocity and energy ranges at which special relativity becomes important.

    The others are standard topics in "modern physics" textbooks. Really, you could just open a textbook and go to the table of contents to get a start with those.
  4. Aug 7, 2006 #3
    i am trying to do it but at the moment i am haveing financial difficulaties and am unable to buy a textbook and the school does not supply any. i have tried searching on the web but havehad no luck.
  5. Aug 7, 2006 #4
    Libraries are good places to find books. Honest, the last three questions are easy to look up, and barely a challenge at all. I'd say they are just trying to test your reference skills.

    Also see http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/relativity.html [Broken]
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  6. Aug 7, 2006 #5


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    Relativity concepts - http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/Hbase/relativ/relcon.html#relcon

    Hyperphysics is a great site for topics on physics.

    Also -

    Relativistic Mechanical Quantities

    Relativistic energy

    Photo-electric effect and photon energy

    One could ask the department if they have a copy, or buy a used book - online or at the campus store.
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