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Page last updated 28 August 2015
Latest Announcements17 August 2015: Welcome to ECEN 3400. This website will contain all the information you need for the course. Check often for updates. 
Assignments and other dated items on this page are generally correct for about one week from today. Items more than one week in the future and undated material are subject to change without notice. Any deviations from this policy will be listed as announcements to the left or below. Please check this page regularly for updates. 
Office Phone 

Office 
Office Hours 
(303) 4925173 
ECOT 248 
Tu F 9:0010:00, W 4:005:00, Th 3:304:30, or by appointment 
Supplementary Textbook (Popović,
and B. Popović) 
Introductory
Electromagnetics: Practice, Problems
and Labs
(Rev. 04122012) 
Additional (EK) Homework Problems (Rev. 08282015) 
In this course, you will be
introduced to the behavior of electromagnetic fields, and will see some of
the ways in which they are used in electrical engineering. The text is Electromagnetics, by B. Notaroš. A scanned copy of the supplementary
text, Introductory Electromagnetics, by Z.
Popović, and B. Popović is freely available in PDF format for
download (be sure to check the errata file for a list of all known
corrections to the text). To read PDF (Adobe's Portable Document
Format) files, you can either use Ghostscript,
Adobe's free Acrobat
Reader or any number of other suitable programs. The additional
volume Introductory Electromagnetics: Practice, Problems and
Labs by Z. Popović, and B. Popović contains full or partial
solutions to some of the problems, and may also be downloaded. This file
has incorporated all known corrections up to the present time. If new
corrections are found, I will update my files; the date of the latest
revision is given at the beginning of each file.
If you are curious to learn more about electromagnetism, or to see the
viewpoints of different textbooks, I have also put the following books on
reserve at the Engineering Library:
CU Engineering Fellows (fellows.colorado.edu) may offer review and study sessions for this course if interest is expressed.
Your grade for the course will be determined as follows (the value of your weakest hour or final exam will be reduced by 5%):
Homework 
25% 
2 Hour Exams 
25% each 
Final Exam 
30% 
Each component of your grade will be assigned a grade (A, A, B+, B, B, etc.) based on a curve for that particular component. Different components (e. g., Homework and Hour Exam #1) will generally be curved differently. The grade is converted to a grade point between 0 and 4 (A = 4.0, B = 3.0, etc.), and it is these grade point values which are weighted according to the table above.
As an example, suppose you got a B (3.0) on the homework, a D (1.0) on the first hour exam, a C (2.0) on the second hour exam and a C (2.0) on the final exam. Your course grade is then:
(3.0)×0.25 + (1.0)×[0.25  0.05] + (2.0)×0.25 + (2.0)×0.3 = 2.05
which is a C.
I expect that you will abide by all University expectations of academic integrity. Please read the information on this, as well as on disabilities, religious observances and standards of behavior.
You should read the assigned sections of the book prior to each lecture. I and the TAs will always be glad to help you with any questions you may have during our office hours since there will not always be time for long answers during the lectures. Please feel free to come in for help. I hope the office hours will be such that everyone in the course can make use of at least some of them. In any case, you can also make an appointment to see me at other times. If you don't understand something, I'll never know until you ask or until you fail an exam. Why not ask?
Homework assignments are due every Friday in the lecture period unless indicated to the contrary on the calendar below. Please put your student number next to your name on your homework and exams (anything you turn in to be graded). It helps to resolve ambiguities when there is difficulty reading your handwriting. Late homework is not accepted. You can turn homework in early by putting them in my mailbox in the ECEE office (make sure to put them in the slot below my name).
Problems marked "EK" in the homework assignments come from a collection of my own problems, which may be downloaded in PDF format. All "EK" problems will be kept in one file, which will be updated when necessary as the semester progresses. The date of the last update will be placed at the beginning of the file for reference.
There will be two inclass (50 minute) hour exams. The exams are closedbook and closednotes, but you may bring one (for the hour exams) or two (for the final exam) 8˝" by 11" sheet(s) of notes and a calculator. The schedule of exams is listed in the calendar. Currently planned dates are October 2 and November 6, 2015, but these are subject to minor changes if circumstances warrant. The final exam (2˝ hours long) will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00 PM in room Fleming 157. The final exam will be cumulative, but with emphasis on the final third of the course. Thus, half of the questions on the final exam will be on chapters 115 and 17, and the other half will be on the material from chapters 1822.
If you have 3 or 4 final exams on Wednesday, December 16, you need to see the instructor(s) of the course(s) that have their final exams in the third (and possibly fourth) time slots of that day in a timely manner, to make arrangements to take those exams on a different day in accordance with University rules. The official deadline for doing so is Friday, October 30, 2015.
The calendar below gives a day by day list of lecture topics, reading and homework assignments. I will not announce these separately in class; it is your responsibility to check this page for all assignments, and to be prepared appropriately.
Refer
to lecture and reading assignment schedule for
lecture topics and homework assignments. HW = Homework due that day.
Problems numbered x.x are taken from the text (Notaroš); problems
numbered Px.x are taken from the supplementary text (Popović and
Popović);problems numbered EKx.x are from the
supplemental homework problems provided in PDF format.
Homework assignments will not be changed when there is less than one
week until they are due; otherwise they may be changed as needed. If you
like to do homework well ahead of time, be warned of this and check
before turning in your assignment that you have done the correct
problems.
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2 Lecture 5 
4 Lecture 6 HW: 1.10, 1.13, 1.22, EK3.5 

7 (Labor Day holiday) 

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23 Lecture 13 
25 Lecture 14 

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30 Lecture 16 


2 Hour Exam #1 

5 Lecture 17 

7


9 Lecture 19 
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2 Lecture 29 

4 Lecture 30 

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23 NO CLASSES (FALL BREAK) 
24 NO CLASSES (FALL BREAK) 
25 NO CLASSES (FALL BREAK) 
26 NO CLASSES (Thanksgiving holiday) 
27 NO CLASSES (Thanksgiving holiday) 
30 Lecture 37 



2 Lecture 38 

4 Lecture 39 
7 

9 Lecture 41 

11 Lecture 42 LAST DAY OF CLASSES 
16 Final Exam
1:30 
4:00 PM Room FLMG
157 
Lecture No. 
Topic 
Reading Assignment [from text (BN) or Supplementary Textbook (PP)] 
Introduction; Fields vs. Classical Circuits 
NONE 

Coulomb's and Ampere's Force Laws 
BN, sections 1.1 and 4.1; PP, Chapters 1 and 2  
Electric Fields 
BN, sections 1.21.4; PP, sects. 3.13.3  
Computing E fields from charge distributions 
BN, section 1.5 

Field lines; The electrostatic potential 
BN, sections 1.61.8 

E from the potential 
BN, 1.91.10 

7 
More examples on potential; Introduction to Gauss' Law 

8 
Using Gauss' Law 

9 
Gauss' Law Examples; Conductors 

10 
Conductors in Electrostatic Field; Electrostatic Induction 

11 
Electrostatic Images 

12 
Dielectrics 

13 
Polarization 

14 
Generalized Gauss' law; Boundary conditions 

15 
Steady Current in Conductors 

16 
Resistors and Electrodes 

17 
Capacitance, Electrostatic Coupling 

18 
Electrostatic Energy, Forces and Applications 

19 
The Magnetic Field; BiotSavart Law 

20 
Ampere's Law  
21 
More Ampere's Law; Magnetization  
22 
Magnetization and Ampere's Law  
23 
Magnetic Material Properties  
24 
Electromagnetic Induction; Faraday's Law  
25 
Mutual and Self Inductance  
26 
Magnetic Field Energy; Magnetic Applications 

27 
Introduction to Transmission Lines; Waves on a Uniform TL 

28 
Reflection of Waves on a TL  
29 
Impedance of Loaded TLs  
30 
TL Examples and VSWR 

31 
Lossy TLs 

32 
TimeDomain TL Behavior 

33 
Displacement Current; Integral and Differential Forms of Maxwell's Equations 

34 
Phasor Form of Maxwell's Equations; Poynting's Theorem 

35 
Plane Waves  
36 
Plane Wave Polarization and Velocities  
37 
Reflection of Plane Waves (Normal Incidence)  
38 
Reflection of Plane Waves (Oblique Incidence)  
39 
Skin Effect  
40 
Waveguides and Antennas 

41 
EM Wave Applications 

42 
Whatever's left 
A "student version" of a program which can numerically solve (among other things) electrostatic and magnetostatic field problems. This version is limited as to problem size, but is free.
Windows Freeware. From the website: "Create your graphs for scientific publication with XLPlot. It reads ascii files and it outputs a vector drawing. XLPlot is for Windows 95,98, 2000 and XP. The primary purpose of XLPlot is to create a figure for scientific publication rapidly. It contains a few basic statistical functions, such as Students ttest and linear correlation of two sets of data (two columns in a spreadsheet). XLPlot has a number of builtin functions that can be fitted to the data in columns on a spreadsheet or to a curve in a graph. The user can easily add fitting functions of his own design.Additional options are Fourier Transformation, (de)convolution and Matrix inversion." It is a modest piece of software that does a surprising number of tasks well.
Another freeware plotting program for Windows, concentrating on the display of functions. This one can do 3D (surface) plots. It has some animation capabilities as well.
A freeware numerical mathematics program similar in many ways to Matlab. It is available for Windows, Linux, Unix and OS/2 (this latter is no longer maintained). May be worth a look, though I haven't really used it myself.
A free mathematical software package for various Unix flavors and for Windows, somewhat more advanced in capabilities than Euler. It aims to do many of the same things as Matlab. From its website: "Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations in a userfriendly environment. It features:
Elaborate data structures (polynomial, rational and string matrices, lists, multivariable linear systems,...).
Sophisticated interpreter and programming language with Matlablike syntax.
Hundreds of builtin math functions (new primitives can easily be added).
Stunning graphics (2d, 3d, animation).
Open structure (easy interfacing with Fortran and C via online dynamic link).
Many builtin libraries:
Linear Algebra (including sparse matrices, Kronecker form, ordered Schur,...).
Control (Classical, LQG, Hinfinity,...).
Package for LMI (Linear Matrix Inequalities) optimization.
Signal processing.
Simulation (various ode's, dassl,...).
Optimization (differentiable and nondifferentiable, LQ solver).
Scicos, an interactive environment for modeling and simulation of dynamical systems.
Metanet (network analysis and optimization).
Symbolic capabilities through Maple interface.
Parallel Scilab."