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Electromagnetic Field Theory


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

To provide breadth in a student's program and to serve as prerequisite for advanced courses; to acquaint students with the electromagnetic fundamentals underlying the operation of devices and components used in communication and transmission systems. The emphasis is on the physical concepts of fields and waves and their applications in engineering problems.


Review of general concepts (Maxwell's equations, materials interaction, boundary conditions, energy flow). Statics (Laplace's equation, Poisson's equation). Distributed parameter systems (classification of solutions, transmission lines, and waveguides). Radiation and antennas (arrays, reciprocity, Huygen's principles). A selected special topic (e.g. waves in anisotropic media and optical fibers). Fall 2016 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Electrostatics; magnetostatics; Maxwell's equations; transmission lines; plane wave propagation and reflection; waveguides and cavities; antennas; Gaussian beams.


A junior level course on electromagnetics.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

Web Address:

Web Content:

syllabus, homework assignments


17 assignments, with an average 6 or 7 problems per assignment




All exams are take home exams.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative:Required--Ramo, Whinnery and VanDuzer, "Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics," 3rd ed., John Wiley and Sons, 1994, ISBN 0-471-58551-3.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements.

Other Requirements:


ProEd Minimum Requirements: