`Last edit: 19 Jan 2010`

**Prof. Thomas Coan (x8-2497)**
**coan@mail.physics.smu.edu**

**Office: 47 Fondren Science**

At the conclusion of PHYS 3310, the competent student will be able,
in an exam-like setting, to:

- compute proper length and time intervals, and proper frequencies of repetitive phenomena in different inertial reference frames;
- draw Minkowski diagrams of simple phenomena;
- calculate various four-vectors and transform them from one inertial reference frame to another;
- calculate velocities and momenta of final state particles in two-body elastic and inelastic collisions;
- calculate a particle four-momentum and its associated Lorentz-invariant quantity;
- determine the equation of motion of a one-dimensional damped simple harmonic oscillator;
- calculate eigenfrequencies and eigenmodes for simple systems of coupled oscillators;
- calculate normal modes and energy content of a waves in a continuous, homogeneous system;
- calculate reflection and refraction effects at boundaries of dielectrics and metals;
- calculate interference patterns from a simple multiple slit barrier.

The competent student will also be able, in a written paragraph, to:

- explain the two basic postulates of special relativity;
- explain what an inertial reference frame is and a practical way to tell if you are in one.