Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields

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ECE 375

Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields

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Required {Electrical Engineering Program}



Elementary electromagnetic field theory, vectors and fields, fields and materials, Maxwell’s equations in integral and differential forms, static and quasi-static fields, time-domain analysis of waves, engineering applications.


PHYS 205b, MATH 251, ECE 235


Three 50-minute sessions per week




F. Harackiewicz, M. Sayeh, C. Hatziadoniu

Credit Hours 



Engineering Electromagnetics, 7th Edition, W. H. Hayt, Jr. and J. A. Buck, McGraw-Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, 2006


  • Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics, 6th Edition, N.N. Rao, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2004

  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetics with Matlab, K. E. Lonngren and S V Savov, SciTech, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2005

Course Learning Outcomes / Expected Performance Criteria

Upon completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Solve problems with vectors in rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates.

  • Apply Coulomb’s Law to find electric field intensity due to continuous, point, linear and sheet charge distributions.

  • Use Gauss’ Law, the del operator, and divergence to solve charge distribution and electric flux density problems with simple geometry.

  • Find the energy in electric fields.

  • Find the electrostatic potential gradient for problems with simple geometry.

  • Solve problems relating to conductivity, current, current density, and charges on conductors.

  • Solve problems relating to boundary conditions for conductors and dielectric materials.

  • Find the capacitance of simple arrangements of conductors and dielectric materials.

  • Use Biot-Savart Law, Ampere’s Law, Stokes’ Theorem, and the curl to find magnetic field intensity and magnetic vector potential for steady state currents.

  • Be able to find forces due to uniform currents.

  • Understand the physical properties of magnetization and permeability.

  • Apply magnetic boundary conditions.

  • Find the energy in a magnetic field.

  • Be able to apply Maxwell’s equations to a given electromagnetic configuration.

  • Be able to solve problems relating to the propagation of uniform plane waves.

Professional Component {Credit Hours}





General Ed.


Eng. Science


Eng. Design


ECE 375

Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields

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Prerequisites by Topic

  • Physics – Electricity and Magnetism

  • Differential equations

  • Vector calculus

  • Complex numbers

  • Electric circuits

Course Topics

  • Vector algebra, scalar and vector fields, Rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems {4 classes}

  • Coulomb’s Law, electric field intensity, point charges, continuous volume charge distribution, line charge distribution, charge distribution Coulomb’s Law, electric field intensity, point charges, continuous volume charge distribution, line charge distribution, charge distribution {4 classes}

  • Gauss’ Law, charge distributions and electric flux density, the operator del and divergence {4 classes}

  • Potential, potential difference, potential of a system of charges, energy density of electrostatic field {4 classes}

  • Current, current density, conductance, boundary conditions {3 classes}

  • Dielectric materials, boundary conditions, capacitance {3 classes}

  • Derivation of the equations; solution of the equations — separation of variables , numeric iteration {1 class}

  • Biot-Savart Law, Ampere’s Law, Stokes’ Theorem, magnetic field intensity, magnetic flux density, scalar and vector magnetic potentials {5 classes}

  • Forces on current carrying elements, magnetization, permeability, boundary conditions, magnetic circuits, energy in magnetostatic fields, inductance, mutual inductance {2 classes}

  • Faraday’s Law and displacement current; Maxwell’s equations for time varying fields, the wave equation, plane wave propagation, Poynting’s Theorem, skin effect {5 classes}

Laboratory Topics


CAD and Computer Tools Used


Assessment of the Contribution to Program Outcomes

Outcome 













Assessed 



Last Review

Spring Semester 2007

Course Coordinator

Dr. F. Harackiewicz


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