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ELEE 3315 - Section 01, UTRGV CRN 12919

Course Syllabus - Fall 2018 Semester

Objectives This course will give students (1) an introduction to fundamentals of static and
dynamic electric and magnetic fields in electrical engineering applications, (2) the
ability to qualitatively analyze the electromagnetic aspects of electrical engineering
problems and estimate their probable significance, (3) the ability to quantitatively
analyze and design the electromagnetic behavior of simple structures, and (4) the
opportunity to further develop mathematical and analytical problem solving skills.

Schedule MW 9:25-10:40am

Text Recommended References:

Engineering Electromagnetics, 8th by Hayt and Buck.
Elements of Electromagnetics, 7th by Matthew N. O. Sadiku
Any recent edition is satisfactory. We will be using the symbols and notation from Hayt. We
will skip some parts of the book and adding significant amounts of material from outside the

Instructor Heinrich D. Foltz. Engineering Bldg 3.214.

Phone: 956-665-5016 (W) 956-467-7579 (C)
Office Hours: MW 10:50am-12:00pm, R 2:00-4:20pm, F 3:00-4:00pm

Prerequisites ELEE 2305 (Electric Circuits I),

MATH 2415 (Calculus III)
PHYS 2402 (Physics for Scientists and Engineers II)
All prerequisites should have been passed with a grade of C or better. We will be
making extensive use of circuit analysis and vector calculus throughout the semester.

Requirements (1) Homework, approximately 8 assignments during the semester, (2)

laboratory/simulation assignments, to be completed outside class hours, and (3) three
examinations (two midterms and one test during the final exam period).

Homework Policy: Students are allowed and encouraged to work together on

homework assignments, and to give and receive assistance to and from fellow
students. However, the material you turn in should be in your own handwriting and
calculations done with your own calculator.

Projects: Outside projects may include: (1) capacitance measurement and design, (2)
induced voltage, (3) inductance measurement and design, (4) transmission line
measurements (pulse and sinusoidal). Lab projects may be done in groups of one or
two students. Each group will turn in a single report for which both partners are
Examinations: We will try to hold midterm examinations during the evenings to allow
more time. If you cannot make the specified exam time, notify the instructor before
the exam to make alternate arrangements.

Grading: Homework & Projects 25%, Tests 25% each.

List of Topics Subject to change as the semester progresses.

I. Review Coordinate systems and vector notation.

II. Electrostatic Concepts: Charge. Coulomb’s law and electrostatic forces. Electric
field. Field due to point charge. Superposition of charges.

III. Electrostatic Calculations Derivation of field due to line and sheet charges.
Calculation of field in more complex charge distributions through integration and
superposition. Electric dipoles.

III. Electric Flux and Energy Gauss’s Law. Application to field computations in
symmetric structures. Divergence theorem. Electric flux and permittivity. Voltage.
Conservative fields and gradient. Computation of voltage from field. Computation of
field from voltage. Electric energy storage.

IV. Capacitance and Dielectrics Capacitance. Calculation of capacitance for simple

structures and design of simple capacitors. Stray capacitance and effect on practical
circuits. Dielectric materials. Solution of field and capacitance problems involving
inhomogeneous dielectrics.

V. Current, Conducting Materials, and Resistance: Current and current density.

Continuity equation. Perfect conductors, good conductors, and semiconductors.
Resistance. Computation of resistance.

VI. Magnetic Fields and Forces Magnetic force and magnetic field. Biot Savart Law.
Magnetic flux density, magnetic flux, and permeability.

VII. Computations with Magnetic Fields Derivation of field due to line and sheet
currents. Computation of magnetic field due to more complex current distributions.
Ampere’s law with application to symmetric distributions. Computation of current
from field. Stoke’s theorem.

VIII. Time Varying Fields and Inductance Faraday’s law. Induced voltage. Effect of
induced voltage on electronic circuits and noise pickup. Inductors and inductance.
Computation of inductance for simple structures, and design of inductors. Mutual

IX. Magnetic Circuits Magnetic materials, saturation and hysteresis. Analysis of

magnetic circuits. Transformer design.
X. Maxwell’s Equations Displacement current. Combination of equations studied
into Maxwell’s equation in point and integral form.

XI. Transmission Lines- Time Domain Development from circuit point of view. Wave
equation and solutions. Transmission and reflection of step voltages. Transmission and
reflection of pulses. Transmission line effects on digital signal integrity.

XII. Transmission Lines - Frequency Domain Impedance transformation. Voltage and

current relationships. Standing waves and standing wave ratio. Circuit calculations
with multiple brances. Design of simple matching circuits. Smith Chart as visualization
tool. Importance in high frequency circuits.

XIII. Plane Waves and Radiation Wave equation in free space. and solutions.
Analogy to transmission line case. Poynting vector, power transfer. Radiation and
power transfer through space. Friis transmission equation.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the semester, it is expected that students should (at a minimum) be able

(1) understand and explain electric and magnetic field behavior, and give a qualititative
estimate of the type, orientation, and magnitude of electromagnetic fields in a wide
variety of structures.
(2) apply mathematical techniques up to and including vector calculus to quantitatively
analyze simple electromagnetic structures.
(3) compute capacitance of simple structures, and estimate significance of capacitance
in more complex structures.
(4) compute resistance of simple structures, and estimate significance of resistance in
more complex structures.
(5) compute inductance of simple structures, design simple inductors, and estimate
significance of inductance in more complex structures.
(6) recognize and recite Maxwell’s equations with a physical explanation of each
(7) analyze simple magnetic circuits and recognize when magnetic circuit techniques
are appropriate.
(8) analyze pulse transmission in any non-looped transmission line circuit with resistive
terminations, and recognize the significance in digital signal integrity.
(9) perform phasor analysis of any non-looped transmission line circuit with complex
terminations, and recognize the significance in high frequency circuit design.
(10) understand basic plane wave propagation and concepts such as field strength,
intensity, and polarization and how they vary with position and distance in simple

Contribution to BSEE Student Learning Outcomes

(1) An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems by applying

principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
(2) An ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process,
resulting in designs that meet desired needs.


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