I’ve received my copy of my bound Antenna Theory notes today:
I wanted a copy for myself, but don’t expect that anybody else would buy this particular notes compilation. The course was taught from slides, and it was almost impossible to take good notes, so these aren’t much good without also having the (excellent) course text (Balanis.)
The two possible reasons to buy or download this notes compilation would be:
- to peruse the solved problems, or
- for the geometric algebra and tensor formalism exploration that followed from wondering how to deal with the magnetic sources that are used in this subject.
These notes are available for free in PDF form. Should somebody other than me want to purchase their own copy on paper, it can be found on amazon for $8.50 USD. I’ve set the price as close to amazon’s absolute minimum required price of $8.28, while also rounding up to a tidy multiple of $0.25
I find it curious that amazon requires a higher price (and royalty) just by virtue of enabling expanded distribution. Since I wanted to buy my copy locally in the Canadian amazon marketplace (amazon.ca) to utilize my local prime shipping subscription, I had to set the price higher for all markets, including the US market (amazon.com). Because shipping from the US to Canada is so high, it is cheaper for me to buy an aftermarket version using prime shipping from Canada, than to utilize kindle-direct-publishing’s option of buying an author draft (which would only be cost effective if I lived in the USA.)
EDIT: I misunderstood what Expanded Distribution (ED) meant. This is to sell to markets that are outside of the 6 or so official amazon marketplaces (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, …, Japan). I’ll probably take this book off of ED and lower the price instead.
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.)