September 29, 2019
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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.)
I’d taken Professor Poppitz’s “Relativistic Electrodynamics” course in 2011, and wrote up my notes and problem set solutions in latex at that point.
That was only the second course that I tried this in, and was much less structured than any of the subsequent class notes collections that I produced later. I now put problems with the chapter material using the latex exercise environment, and have now retrofitted the use of that package into my old phy450 notes.
I’ve also moved some of the tutorial content into the problem sections, and the rest into the appendix. The result is a much more streamlined layout than was the case when I took the course originally. There are still no figures, nor is there any index. Only my later class notes collections have those and it’s a fair amount of work to retrofit that. The whole thing still needs a complete review (and probably a rewrite).