Special Relativity — Kinetics

  • James J. Callahan
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


Kinetics is the study of the motion of material objects under the action of forces. Forces cause objects to accelerate, that is, to change their velocity. In spacetime, acceleration makes worldlines curve. In this way the physics of forces is tied to the geometry of spacetime. The starting point is Newton’s three laws of motion.


Proper Time Inertial Frame Relativistic Mass Rest Mass Curvature Vector 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • James J. Callahan
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsSmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA

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