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An Introduction to Mechanics by Robert J. Kolenkow, Daniel Kleppner

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13  RELATIVISTIC MOMENTUM AND ENERGY

13.1  Momentum

In the last chapter we saw how the postulates of special relativity lead in a natural way to kinematical relations which agree with newtonian relations at low velocity but depart markedly for velocities approaching c. We turn now to the problem of investigating the implications of special relativity for dynamics. One approach would be to develop a formal procedure for writing the laws of physics in a form which satisfies the postulates of special relativity. Such a procedure is actually possible; it involves the concepts of four-vectors and relativistic invariance, and we shall pursue it in the next chapter. However, here we shall take another approach, one which is not as powerful or as economical ...

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