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Wikipedia: Introduction to Special Relativity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_special_relativity

Encyclopedia article giving a brief outline of the basic concepts of special relativity (including simple formulas).

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University Lectures on Special Relativity

http://www.physics.mq.edu.au/~jcresser/Phys378/LectureNotes/SpecialRelativityNotes.pdf

Lecture notes on Special Relativity, prepared by J. D. Cresser, Department of Physics, Macquarie University. 44 pages.

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Uniform Acceleration

http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~gleeson/NotesChapter13.pdf

This paper analyzes several simple uniform acceleration problems, including the paradox of John Bell.

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Understanding Special Relativity

http://www.rafimoor.com/english/SRE.htm

Brief explanation of special relativity, using no more than high-school level mathematics; includes an account of the twin paradox, some remarks on faster-than-light travel, and some material on relativistic mechanics. By Rafi Moor.

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Time Dilation

http://www.pa.msu.edu/courses/2000spring/PHY232/lectures/relativity/dilation.html

The gamma factor and time dilation can be derived using a very simple clock.

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The Twin Paradox in a Spatially Closed and Bounded Universe

http://www.everythingimportant.org/relativity/general.htm

Spatially compact spacetimes break global Lorentz invariance and define absolute inertial frames of reference.

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The Structure of Space-Time Transformations

http://projecteuclid.org/Dienst/UI/1.0/Summarize/euclid.cmp/1103858408

This theorem by H. J. Borchers and G. C. Hegerfeldt proves that the constancy of light velocity alone implies the Lorentz group (up to dilatations).

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The Lecture Notes of Dr. R. D. Field

http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~rfield/PHY3063/

The online physics course notes for Physics 3063, by Professor Rick Field, University of Florida, is a good summary of many of the useful formulas used in special relativity.

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The Doppler Shift Equation For An Accelerating Frame of Reference

http://www.everythingimportant.org/SDA/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=969

The exact equation for the Doppler shift in a uniformly accelerating rocket is derived in two different ways. The first method depends on a functional equation and Einsteins approximation. The second approach is a direct application of several familiar equations in the relativity of uniformly accelerated motion.

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Synchronization Gauges and the Principles of Special Relativity

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0409105

Synchronization functions set the mathematical clocks represented by the Lorentz transformation and resetting these clocks mathematically only produces a theory equivalent to special relativity in predicting empirical facts. 57 pages.

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Special Relativity Without the 2nd Postulate

http://tosca.phys.oxy.edu/~alec/Courses/P366/Notes/LTs.pdf

It is impossible to formulate an alternative to Special Relativity while obeying the observed symmetries of spacetime and agreeing with the experimental evidence.

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Special Relativity Lecture Notes

http://www.phys.vt.edu/~takeuchi/relativity/notes

A standard introduction to special relativity where explanations are based on pictures called spacetime diagrams.

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Special Relativity

http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/vvc/theory/relativity.html

A brief overview of the theory of special relativity, and how it pertains to particles at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator)

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Special Relativity

http://casa.colorado.edu/~ajsh/sr/sr.shtml

Tutorial explains about the postulates, paradox, simulaneity, time dilation, Lorentz transformation constructions, spacetime wheel, and the Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction. Page includes some animated illustrations.

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Special Relativity

http://www.motionmountain.net/download.html

Download Christoph Schiller's 1612 page walk through the whole of physics, from classical mechanics to relativity, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, quantum theory, nuclear physics and unification. chapter 2 explains special relativity.

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Space Measurements on a Rotating Platform

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0309020

The age-old puzzling problem of Lorentz contraction on a rotating platform, i.e., Ehrenfest's paradox, is explained in its proper mathematical context.

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Simple Derivation of the Special Theory of Relativity Without the Speed of Light Axiom

http://arxiv.org/abs/0710.3398

Special relativity may be derived just from assuming isotropy, homogeneity and a principle of relativity, without the need to consider the speed of light.

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Santa at Nearly the Speed of Light

http://www.fnal.gov/pub/ferminews/santa/

An estimate of the speed and distances covered by Santa Claus on Christmas night. The physics is unassailable. The article is hosted on the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory website.

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Sagnac Effect, Twin Paradox and Space-Time Topology

http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0403111

When viewed with an alternative synchronization convention, the Sagnac effect on a rotating disk is purely topological and the rim of the disk is essentially an inertial system.

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Relativity Tutorial

http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/relatvty.htm

An introduction to relativity using space-time diagrams.

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Relativity (Kinematics)

http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~djmorin/chap11.pdf

Chapter of a classical mechanics text describes spatiotemporal effects. Includes problems and solutions.

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