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ELEN325 - Field Theory

Course Details

Course Code: ELEN325 Course ID: 4602 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course teaches the physics and applications of electromagnetic field theory as encapsulated in the vector form of Maxwell's equations. The class will show how these laws govern the design and bound the performance of electronic devices, circuits, and systems. This course covers the following topics from field theory to include magnetic materials and forces, inductance, Coulomb‘s law, Gauss’s Law, energy, divergence, electrical potential, conductors, dielectrics materials, capacitance, Ampere’s Law, boundary value problems, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere‘s law, Lorentz force equation, magnetic materials, magnetic circuits, inductance, time varying fields and Maxwell‘s equations. As part of the course, students will develop Maxwell’s Equations from electric and magnetic field experimental laws. This course will also cover wave propagation in free space and in transmission lines and characteristics of radiating structures such as antennas. (Prerequisites: MATH227 and MATH240)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to accomplish these Learning Objectives (LO):

  1. Describe the specific characteristics of electrical and magnetic fields.
  2. Analyze the transmission and reflection of electromagnetic waves through various media and interfaces.
  3. Develop Maxwell’s Equations.
  4. Solve circuit problems using vector analysis.
  5. Describe the various applications of static fields.
  6. Distinguish the different types of plane wave propagation and the commensurate properties for each.

Instructor announcements: Weekly announcements will appear on Monday of each week in the online classroom. This announcement will also be e-mailed to each student. The announcement will discuss the assignments for the week along with any other pertinent information for the week.

This is an upper level course; all students’ work is to be presented as such in terms of quality and content. The grading system will be based on your participation in the forums (30% of your total grade), weekly assignments (30% of your grade), and midterm and final exams (40% of your grade).

Reading Assignments: Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments.

Week 1 Introductions: Within 10 days of course start, each student must log into the classroom and introduce yourself to the class. This is a required assignment and your introduction is due by Sunday of Week 1. Your response must be 250-300 words (a requirement) and include the following information.

  1. Your name
  2. Your university major or program
  3. Where you are in the program of study
  4. Your academic goals, to include why you are taking this class
  5. Information that you would like to share about yourself

Weekly Forums: The weekly discussion forum is for students to post their questions on course content for that week. This forum should not be used to discuss specific test questions prior to receiving feedback from the instructor (after the test is graded). If there is a question on a specific question, find a similar problem in the book and ask a question on that problem or concept. Asking specific questions on test questions creates an unfair advantage and defeats the purpose of the assessment tool. Specific topics will occur throughout the course and will require critical thought/research for your input – be sure to keep up with ongoing discussions! Discussion Board posting are graded at the end of the session and will constitute 30% of your final grade,

Weekly Assignments: There will be weekly assignments during the course worth a total of 30% of your total grade. Each weekly assignment will cover one or more chapters in the book used in this course. For all problems requiring mathematical calculations, all work must be shown.

Exams: There will be three exams worth 40% of your final grade. Exams will be open book, open note tests. Exams will be administered without a proctor. Students must complete the numbered exam by the end of the week indicated in the schedule.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Introduction Forum 1.88 %
Week 1 Forum 1.88 %
Week 2 Forum 1.88 %
Week 3 Forum 1.88 %
Week 4 Forum 1.88 %
Week 5 Forum 1.88 %
Week 6 Forum 1.88 %
Week 7 Forum 1.88 %
Week 8 Forum 1.88 %
Week 9 Forum 1.88 %
Week 10 Forum 1.88 %
Week 11 Forum 1.88 %
Week 12 Forum 1.88 %
Week 13 Forum 1.88 %
Week 14 Forum 1.88 %
Week 15 Forum 1.88 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 3.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 3 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 4 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 5 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 6 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 7 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 8 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 9 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 10 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 11 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 12 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 13 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 14 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 15 Assignment 1.80 %
Week 16 Assignment 1.80 %
Midterm Exam 20.00 %
Week 7 Midterm 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Week 16 Final 20.00 %


Site Name- ELEN325 Resources

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Book Title:Electromagnetics - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom.
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Unit Cost:$199.77
Electronic ISBN:9781269593380
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.