FC1008 Teoretical Physics - Special Theory of Relativity

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. RNDr. Petr Sládek, CSc. (lecturer)
PhDr. Jan Válek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Jan Válek, Ph.D.
Department of Physics, Chemistry and Vocational Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Jachymiáková
Supplier department: Department of Physics, Chemistry and Vocational Education – Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
FC1008/Kombi01: Fri 21. 10. 10:00–13:50 učebna 3, Fri 9. 12. 10:00–13:50 učebna 3, P. Sládek, J. Válek
FC1008/Prez01: Wed 10:00–10:50 učebna 3, Wed 15:00–15:50 učebna 3, except Wed 26. 10., except, P. Sládek, J. Válek
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this course is to obtain a clear knowledge bases theory of relativity, theoretical mechanics and of physics field.
Emphasis is placed on the logical construction of the science disciplines and to acquire the knowledge needed for teaching physics at primary school and knowledge needed for the follow-up lectures Theoretical Physics II. and III.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to apply and discuss the problems of theory of relativity, theoretical mechanics and field of physical field.
  • I. The theoretical mechanics. The basic postulates non-relativistic mechanics: Newton's laws, the principles of virtual work, d'Alembert's principle,Hamilton's principle. The phase space, generalized coordinates, generalized momentum. Lagrange's equation, Hamilton's equation. Conservation laws for the coupled system.
  • II. Introduction to the Theory of Relativity. Ideas about space and time. Reference systems, coordinate systems, transformation of coordinates. Galilean transformation. The principle of relativity. Principles of special theory of relativity, Lorentz' transformation. Transformation of the speed. Dilation of time, Contraction of length. Transformation of weight, momentum and energy particles. Law equivalence of matter and energy.
  • III. Physical field. Scalar and vector fields, vector curve. Potential field. Equipotential levels. Flow vector field. Meaning: gradient, divergence and rotation vector field. Gauss theorem, Stokes' theorem.
    required literature
  • HALLIDAY, David, RESNICK, Robert, WALKER, Jearl : Fyzika. VUTIUM Brno a PROMETHEUS Praha, 2000. 574 s. ISBN 80-214-1868-0 (VUTIUM), ISBN 81-7196-9 (PROMETHEUS).
    recommended literature
  • HORSKÝ, Jan, Jan NOVOTNÝ and Milan ŠTEFANÍK. Mechanika ve fyzice. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia. 412 s. ISBN 8020002081. 2001. info
    not specified
  • FEYNMAN. Richard P., LEIGHTON, Robert B., SANDS, Matthew : Feynmanovy přednášky z fyziky. FRAGMENT Praha, 2000. 710 s. ISBN 80-7200-405-0.
  • NOVOTNÝ, J., HORSKÝ, J. : Teorie relativity. SPN, Praha 1985.
  • KREMPASKÝ, J.:Fyzika. ALFA/SNTL, Bratislava/ Praha 1982.
  • HORSKÝ, J. : Úvod do teorie relativity. SNTL, Praha 1975.
  • HLADÍK, A. : Teoretická mechanika. SPN Praha 1970.
Teaching methods
lectures, exercises
Assessment methods
Written and oral exam
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2022, recent)
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