Advanced Course on Special theory of Relativity


This course is archived. Certificates will not be issued for this course.

Course Description

Enrollments are closed for this course

BSc is an important stage for Science education and research in India. Students studying in BSc now will provide the workforce of teachers at all levels, schools, colleges, and universities and also drive the research in science. Unfortunately, there is a big crisis of committed and competent teachers in colleges, especially in rural areas and students do not get the divine flavor of the beauty of Science. The courses on this portal are basically focused on BSc level Physics.

Special Theory of Relativity is a very fascinating subject and the results look like coming from some wonderland. A mathematical analysis of all these itself is a very rich experience. A basic course has already been given at this portal in Hindi. The present one will be a slightly advanced version of this topic.

Course Content

Einstein’s paper on relativity, Galilean Transformations, Michelson-Morley Experiment, Lorentz transformations and kinematical applications, length contraction, time dilation, synchronization of clocks, velocity transformation, Momentum, 4-vectors, Energy – momentum relations,   Mass –Energy conversion, Zero mass particles, Force-acceleration relation, Transformation of Magnetic and electric fields, E-B fields  of a moving charge, Minkowski diagrams

Target audience

BSc/MSc students, teachers at all levels and people having some background of Physics and Mathematics (up to Plus 2) and interested in knowing the subject.


Participants will be given certificates from the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), IIT Kanpur, depending on the performance.