I have tried solving some of the problems of the Chapter 9 of Goldstein Classical mechanics.
You can download the pdf version here:Goldstein Chapter 7 Solutions
I have also embedded the pdf below as well as posted them in this blog post.
Chapter 7 – The Classical Mechanics of the Special Theory of Relativity.
7.13. Show by direct multiplication of the vector form of the Lorentz transformation equations(Eq.7.9), that
From Eq.7.9. of Goldstein we have,
Also from Eq.7.9 of Goldstein we have,
From eq(i) and (ii) we have,
Now, we know that
7.14. Calculate the length of a rod of rest length 2m, moving at 0.73c as observed by an observer at rest. Also, compute at what speed the length in motion of the rod will be half the rest length.
The observed length ‘l’ is related to the rest length as,
Now, we are asked to find the speed(or β) for which length is half the rest length,
7.18. Calculate the mass of an electron moving at 0.84c. Also, comment whether the electron can be accelerated to the velocity of light. (Rest Mass of an electron is 9.1×10^-31kg.)
We are given,
Relativistic mass, ‘m’, is given as
where m0 is the rest mass.
7.19. A meson of mass mπ at rest disintegrates into a meson of mass mμ and a neutrino of effectively zero mass. Show that the kinetic energy of the μ meson is
We are given the following process:
Four-Momentum of a particle is given by,
where E is the total energy of the particle,
p is the momentum(vector) of the particle.
Using the above formula,
The Four-Momenta of the particles are as follows:
Conservation of energy and momentum gives:
The above is the total energy(K.E.+Rest Mass Energy) of the muon.
We need to find out the Kinetic Energy of muon, which is the total energy minus the rest mass energy,
7.20. Calculate the mean life of a pion travelling at 0.8c. (Proper mean lifetime for the pion is 28 nano second.)
The proper time(τ) is related to the dilated time(t) as:
Therefore the mean lifetime of the travelling pion is 1.6667 times that of the pion at rest.
7.21. A photon may be described classically as a particle of zero mass possessing nevertheless a momentum h/λ = hν/c, and therefore a kinetic energy hν. If the photon collides with an electron of mass m at rest, it will be scattered at some angle θ with a new energy hν’. Show that the changes in energy is related to the scattering angle by the formula
where λc=h/mc, is known as the Compton wavelength. Show also that the kinetic of the recoil motion of the electron is
We will solve this problem using 4-momenta.
The four momenta of the particles before and after the collision are as follows:
Photon, before collision, moves with energy hν and momentum p in the direction n, therefore its 4-momentum is:
Photon, after collision, moves with energy hν’ and momentum p’ in the n’ direction, therefore its 4-momentum is:
Electron, before collision, is at rest(hence momentum=0) and has rest mass energy mec^2, therefore its 4-momentum is:
Electron, after collision, moves with energy E’e and momentum p’e, therefore its 4-momentum is:
From the conservation of Energy and Momentum we have,
1. If θ=0, then that isn’t much scattering, therefore λ’=λ, as expected.
2. If θ=π (that is backward scattering) and additionally λ’ << h/mc (that is, mc2<<hc/λ=Eγ), then λ’=2h/mc, so
Therefore, the photon bounces back with an essentially ﬁxed E’γ, independent of the initial Eγ (as long as Eγ is large enough). This isn’t all that obvious.
Now, for the second part of the question, rearranging eq(i), we get
This is the total energy of the recoil electron.
We are interested in the Kinetic Energy, which is the Total Energy-Rest mass Energy:
using the relation derived in the first part of the question,
Plugging this value of λ’ in the expression of Kinetic Energy,
which is the required result.
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