By Robert Resnick

A brand new version of this advent to trendy physics, offers new fabric at the most up-to-date experimental exams in relativity, and a fuller remedy of the space-time period and the Kennedy-Thorndike test. It treats the quantum idea of particular heats, with fabric on synchrotron radiation, a modernized therapy of the electron microscope and a preview of quantum mechanics. good points comprise extra historic, philosophical and biographical fabric reflecting very important released examine of the earlier decade, besides an important enlargement - approximately double - within the variety of difficulties, idea questions and worked-out examples. The e-book additionally contains references, precis tables and illustrations.

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C) Answer these same questions for the second of these expansions. * 18. Michelson Morley, generalized. Figure 1 11 shows a Michelson interferometer (compare Fig. 1-4) with a presumed ether wind whose uniform velocity v makes an - + 12) AN = /32(11 cos 20. - 19. Michelson Morley with a real wind. A pilot plans to fly due east from A to B and back again. If u is his airspeed and if 1 is the distance between A and B, it is clear that his round-trip time to—if there is no wind—will be 21/u. (a) Suppose, however, that a steady wind of speed v blows from the east (or from the west).

24. A beam from a laser falls at right angles on a plane mirror and rebounds from it. What is the speed of the reflected beam if the mirror is (a) fixed in the laboratory? (b) Moving directly toward the laser with speed v? 25. Comment on the assertion that if one accepts Einstein's principle of the constancy of the speed of light, then there is no reason to interpret the null result of the Michelson-Morley experiment as evidence against an ether hypothesis. 26. What boxes in Table 1-2 have been accounted for in this chapter?

17. The "binumeral explosion" (one student's preference). (a) Use the binomial expansion theorem to verify each of the expansions displayed in the footnote on page 17. 30, what percent error is made in the first of these expansions if only two terms are kept? Only three terms? (c) Answer these same questions for the second of these expansions. * 18. Michelson Morley, generalized. Figure 1 11 shows a Michelson interferometer (compare Fig. 1-4) with a presumed ether wind whose uniform velocity v makes an - + 12) AN = /32(11 cos 20.