The Lorentz Force Law 
The Lorentz Force Law
by Stanford / Leonard Susskind
Video Lecture 6 of 10
Copyright Information: All rights reserved to Prof. Leonard Susskind, Stanford University.
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Date Added: January 4, 2015

Lecture Description

After a review of Einstein & Minkowski notation and an introduction to tensors, Professor Susskind derives the relativistic Lorentz force law from the Lagrangian for a particle in a vector field. At the end of the lecture, he introduces the the four fundamental principles that apply to all of modern physics: stationary action, locality, Lorentz invariance, gauge invariance.

Topics: Review of Einstein & Minkowski notation; Introduction to tensors and tensor notation; Derivation of the Lorentz force law; The fundamental principles of physical laws.

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Course Description

In 1905, while only twenty-six years old, Albert Einstein published "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" and effectively extended classical laws of relativity to all laws of physics, even electrodynamics. In this course, we will take a close look at the special theory of relativity and also at classical field theory. Concepts addressed here will include four-dimensional space-time, electromagnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations.


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