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ECEN 3400 - Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

Catalog Data ECEN 3400 (3). Electromagnetic Fields and Waves. Electromagnetic fields are covered at an introductory level, starting with electrostatics and continuing with DC current, magnetostatics, time-varying magnetic fields, waves on transmission lines, Maxwell's equations and the basics of plane waves. The use of fields in inductors, capacitors, resistors, transformers, and energy and power concepts are studied.
Credits and Design 3 credit hours. Required core course for EE program, selected elective course for ECE program.
Prerequisite(s) PHYS 1120, Physics 2
APPM 2350, Calculus 3
ECEN 2260, Circuits as Systems
Restricted to juniors/seniors.
Corequisite(s) None.
Instructor(s) Dejan Filipovic, Albin Gasiewski, Edward Kuester, Robert McLeod, Zoya Popovic.
Textbook Zoya Popovic and Branko D. Popovic, Modern Introductory Electromagnetics, Prentice Hall, 2000, ISBN-13 978-0-13-056033-9.
Course Objectives For students to:
  1. Understand the behavior of electromagnetic fields and ways in which they are used in electrical engineering, including their relationship to circuit theory.
  2. Understand quantitatively such concepts as charges, capacitance, inductance, Faraday's law (transformers, motors, and generators), transmission lines, and wave propagation and reflection.
  3. To be prepared for potential follow-on study in electromagnetics, microwaves, optics, power engineering, wireless communications, and remote sensing.
Learning Outcomes After taking this course students will be able to recognize and use the following concepts, ideas, and/or tools:
  1. Coulomb’s and Gauss’ laws: Application to basic electrostatic problems
  2. Lorentz force law: Field concepts for action at a distance
  3. Capacitance: Electrostatic forces, polarization, and dielectric materials
  4. Resistance: Material conductivity and current density
  5. Biot-Savart and Gauss’ laws: Application to basic magnetostatic problems
  6. Faraday’s law of induction: Application to transformers, motors, generators, magnetic circuits
  7. Inductance: Magnetostatic forces, polarization, and magnetic materials
  8. Transmission lines: TEM wave propagation and reflection
  9. Maxwell’s equations: Plane wave propagation, transmission, and reflection
Student Outcomes
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Oral Written Engr Solns
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Topics Covered
  1. History of electromagnetics
  2. Coulomb’s & Ampere’s force laws, field concept and field lines
  3. Charge distributions, electrostatic potential
  4. Electric flux and Gauss’ electric law
  5. Capacitance
  6. Electric forces and energy
  7. Polarization and dielectrics
  8. Conductors, surfaces charges, and image theory
  9. Dipoles, dipole forces and torques
  10. Laplace’s and Poisson’s equations
  11. Conductivity and resistance
  12. Biot-Savart and Ampere’s laws
  13. Magnetic flux and Gauss’s magnetic law
  14. Current distributions
  15. Magnetization and magnetic materials
  16. Torque and magnetic force
  17. Induction and Faraday’s law, Lenz’ law
  18. Inductance, transformers (solenoids, toroids), motors, and generators
  19. Magnetic circuits
  20. Magnetic forces and energy
  21. Transmission lines (coaxial)
  22. Time domain wave propagation and reflection
  23. Frequency domain wave propagation and reflection, attenuation
  24. Reflection and transmission coefficients, Smith charts
  25. Maxwell’s equations, Poynting theorem and power flow
  26. Phasors, plane waves, propagation constant, wavelength, and velocity
  27. Polarization, TM and TE modes, reflection, Snell’s law, Brewster angle
  28. Lossy dielectrics, skin effect
  29. EM radiation and dipole antennas

Last revised: 05-13-11, PM, ARP.