March 13, 2021
math and physics play
Advanced Classical Optics, amazon print on demand, Basic Statistical Mechanics, class notes, condensed matter physics, continuum mechanics, Geometric Algebra for Electrical Engineers, graduate Quantum Mechanics, hardcover, kindle direct publishing, paperback, physics, Quantum Field theory I, Quantum Mechanics II, relativistic electrodynamics
Amazon’s kindle direct publishing invited me to their hardcover trial program, and I’ve now made hardcover versions available of most of my interesting physics notes compilations:
Instead of making hardover versions of my classical mechanics, antenna theory, and electromagnetic theory notes, I have unpublished the paperback versions. These are low quality notes, and I don’t want more people to waste money on them (some have.) The free PDFs of all those notes are still available.
My geometric algebra book is also available in both paperback and hardcover (black and white). I’ve unpublished the color version, as it has a much higher print cost, and I thought it was too confusing to have all the permutations of black-and-white/color and paperback/hardcover.
September 29, 2019
math and physics play
Advanced Classical Optics, Antenna Theory, Basic Statistical Mechanics, classical mechanics, condensed matter physics, continuum mechanics, electromagnetic theory, FREE class notes, Geometric Algebra for Electrical Engineers, graduate Quantum Mechanics, Modelling of Multiphysics Systems, Prof G. V. Eleftheriades, Prof. Arun Paramekanti, Prof. Erich Poppitz, Prof. John E. Sipe, Prof. Joseph H. Thywissen, Prof. Kausik S. Das, Prof. M. Mojahedi, Prof. Piero Triverio, Prof. Stephen Julian, Prof. Vatche Deyirmenjian, Quantum Field theory I, Quantum Mechanics I, Quantum Mechanics II, relativistic electrodynamics, UofT engineering, UofT physics
Over the last 8 years I took most of the interesting 4th year undergraduate physics courses, and some graduate physics and engineering courses.
Well, my notes for much of that work are now available on amazon.com (or .ca), or for free as PDF. For the bargain price of $88, leveraging the time and money that I spent, you can get very comprehensive paperback notes for these subjects. These notes aren’t textbook quality, but generally contain detailed expositions of the subjects and many worked problems.
Here’s what’s available:
That’s 4814 pages of notes for 0-$USD 88, depending on whether you want a PDF or paper copy (if available). My cost per page is about $4.7 CAD, factoring in total tuition costs of ~$23000 CAD (most of which was for my M.Eng), but does not factor in the opportunity cost associated with the 20% paycut (w/ a switch to 80% hours) that I also took to find the time to fit in the study.
If you compare my cost of $4.7/page for these notes to FREE – $0.024/page, then I think you would agree that my offering is a pretty good deal! While I have built in a $1 (+/- $0.50) royalty for the book formats, the chances of me recovering my costs are infinitesimal.
A few of the courses and/or collections of notes are not worth the effort of making print ready copies, and those notes are available only in PDF form. An exception are my notes for Multiphyiscs Modelling, which was an excellent course, and I have excellent notes for, but I’ve been asked not to make those notes available for purchase in any form (even w/ $0 royalty.)
My notes for from the fall 2013 session of the University of Toronto Condensed Matter Physics course (PHY487H1F), taught by Prof. Stephen Julian, are now available for $10 USD in book form (black-and-white, 329 pages) from kindle-direct-publishing on amazon.com. I took this course as a non-degree student.
These notes are also available for free in the following formats:
- In color, for free as a PDF.
- from github as latex, scripts, and makefiles.
The official course description at the time was:
Introduction to the concepts used in the modern treatment of solids. The student is assumed to be familiar with elementary quantum mechanics. Topics include: bonding in solids, crystal structures, lattice vibrations, free electron model of metals, band structure, thermal properties, magnetism and superconductivity (time permitting)
Here’s an update of my old Condensed Matter Physics notes.
Along with a link to the notes, are instructions on building the PDF from the latex and the github clone commands required to make a copy of those sources. Mathematica notebooks are also available for some of the calculations and plots.