Course Outline for Physics 880.05

II. A. Kinematic Variables (Ch. 2)

  1. Generalities about collisions at high energy
  2. "Natural" units: \hbar = c = 1
  3. Consider the basic reaction
    b + a -> c + X
  4. Choosing Kinematic Variables
  5. Summary of "new" variables
  6. Four-vectors -- use Bj+D conventions
  7. Longitudinal and transverse quantities
  8. Motivate use of p+ and p-
  9. Rapidity instead of velocity
  10. Rapidity in a collision --- look at figure 2.1 from Wong
  11. Measuring rapidity (motivation for pseudorapidity)

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