Course Information

Electromagnetic Theory and Applications, 1 (PMP)

 Instructor     John Sahr
   214 Sieg Hall (EE)
 220D Mary Gates Hall (UAA)
 Text  Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics (2nd edition), Balanis
 Classroom  EEB 045; 6:00 PM --10:00 PM, Wednesdays
 class email or
 Discussion board
 Homework Dropbox
 TA Weiwei Sun,
TA office hours    

Target Audience: you!

This class is designed to provide an introduction to elements of electromagnetic phenomena that electrical engineers may encounter directly or inadvertently in their work.  Electromagnetics is the heart of all of Electrical Engineering, enabling wireless communication and radar, and providing the electrical circuit basis for signal processing.  For every technology that electromagnetics enables, electromagnetic effects may cause signal integrity problems by providing coupling where it is not wanted, and by introduction of wave phenomena where it is not anticipated.

Although we will employ some math, we will not need much more than basic vector calculus and complex variables; we will use cartesian coordinates almost exclusively.  The point of the class is to provide meaning, and to bolster one's intuition with appropriate, elementary tools, and not to be a tour de force of mathematical physics (although that would be fun, too!).

If you have had an undergraduate course in electromagnetics (e.g. EE361), elementary circuit theory (e.g. EE233), and junior level mathematics class with vector calculus (e.g. MATH 324, 326), then you have sufficient preparation for this course.

Students have a wide variety of preparation and needs.  If you would like to have some accommodation to assist you with the class, please visit the Disability Services Office, I will be happy to work with them to set something up for you.

Real life occasionally intrudes.  A family illness, an important business trip, an "all hands" emergency at work ... when such things happen, alert me as soon as possible so that we can work out a plan.

Course Mechanics

  • There will be 6 or 7 homework assignments which are worth 60% of the grade
  • There will be a final exam which has two components: a written assignment (20%) as well as an individual oral final (20%) which will be a discussion based on the written assignment.

I will try to give you 10 days to work on assignments.  I need you to turn them in on time using the online submission mechanism.  This is to help us keep a steady pace through the quarter, and to avoid a pileup at the end of the quarter which will make us all miserable.

I encourage you to study together, because you will almost certainly learn the material better that way.  However I also expect you to turn in only work that you have yourself done.  Feel free to comment, "I got a lot of help from Mary on problem 2," which will help me understand how you arrived at your solution.

Course Notes

I will make some of my lecture notes available.  Note that these are "lecture notes" intended to guide me through the material; they're not particularly good as notes, per se, but you may find them useful.

Office Hours

After 2 lectures, I will come to campus for some office hours on weekends. We have typically met in the early afternoon on Sundays.  Many students have found this helpful, and I enjoy the time with the class.

Approximate schedule

Lecture 1, 25 September 2014:  Time-varying and Time-harmonic Electromagnetic Fields.
Balanis Chapter 1.

Lecture 2, 2 October 2014:  Electrical Properties of Matter
Balanis Chapter 2.

Lecture 3,
9 October 2014: The Wave Equation and its solutions.
Balanis Chapter 3

Lecture 4,
16 October 2014: Propagation, Polarization
Balanis Chapter 4

Lecture 5,
23 October 2014:  Reflection and Transmission
Balanis Chapter 5

Lecture 6, 30 October 2014Electromagnetic Theorems; Transmission Line Theory
Chapter 7; Transmission Line Theory is not in Balanis --- notes will be provided.

Lecture 7,
6 November 2014: Rectangular Waveguides (1)
Balanis Chapter 8

Lecture 8,
13 November 2014:  Waveguides (2)
Balanis Chapter 8, 9

Lecture 9,
20 November 2014

Lecture 10,
27 November 2014:   No lecture:  Thanksgiving Holiday

Lecture 11, 4
 December 2014:  

Finals Week, 8-11 December