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, timevarying
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, ISBN13
9780130560339. 
 

Course Objectives 
For students to:
 Understand the behavior of electromagnetic fields and ways in which
they are used in electrical engineering, including their relationship
to circuit theory.
 Understand quantitatively such concepts as charges, capacitance,
inductance, Faraday's law (transformers, motors, and generators),
transmission lines, and wave propagation and reflection.
 To be prepared for potential followon 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:
 Coulomb’s and Gauss’ laws: Application to basic electrostatic problems
 Lorentz force law: Field concepts for action at a distance
 Capacitance: Electrostatic forces, polarization, and dielectric materials
 Resistance: Material conductivity and current density
 BiotSavart and Gauss’ laws: Application to basic magnetostatic problems
 Faraday’s law of induction: Application to transformers, motors, generators, magnetic circuits
 Inductance: Magnetostatic forces, polarization, and magnetic materials
 Transmission lines: TEM wave propagation and reflection
 Maxwell’s equations: Plane wave propagation, transmission, and reflection

Student Outcomes Addressed 
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Topics Covered 
 History of electromagnetics
 Coulomb’s & Ampere’s force laws, field concept and field lines
 Charge distributions, electrostatic potential
 Electric flux and Gauss’ electric law
 Capacitance
 Electric forces and energy
 Polarization and dielectrics
 Conductors, surfaces charges, and image theory
 Dipoles, dipole forces and torques
 Laplace’s and Poisson’s equations
 Conductivity and resistance
 BiotSavart and Ampere’s laws
 Magnetic flux and Gauss’s magnetic law
 Current distributions
 Magnetization and magnetic materials
 Torque and magnetic force
 Induction and Faraday’s law, Lenz’ law
 Inductance, transformers (solenoids, toroids), motors, and generators
 Magnetic circuits
 Magnetic forces and energy
 Transmission lines (coaxial)
 Time domain wave propagation and reflection
 Frequency domain wave propagation and reflection, attenuation
 Reflection and transmission coefficients, Smith charts
 Maxwell’s equations, Poynting theorem and power flow
 Phasors, plane waves, propagation constant, wavelength, and velocity
 Polarization, TM and TE modes, reflection, Snell’s law, Brewster angle
 Lossy dielectrics, skin effect
 EM radiation and dipole antennas
