EECS 180A Engineering Electromagnetics I (2012-2013)

EECS 180A Engineering Electromagnetics I

(Required for EE. Selected Elective for BME and MSE. Elective for BME.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 180A Engineering Electromagnetics I (Credit Units: 4) Electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electromagnetic fields: solutions to problems in engineering applications; transmission lines, Maxwell’s equations and phasors, plane wave propagation, reflection, and transmission. Corequisite: Mathematics 2D and Mathematics 3D. Prerequisite: Physics 7E; EECS145. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0073380667.

Recommended Textbook:
Chen S. Tsai
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply vector calculus to analyze simple electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, and are able to perform calculations involving various differential operators as well as line and surface integrals relating to Gauss and Stoke's theorems. (EAC a)

2. Describe the basic concepts of “capacitance” and “inductance” and the approaches for their calculations through the study of electrostatics and magnetostatics, and their connections to the discrete capacitance and induction used in basic electronic circuits. (EAC k)

3. Describe the major parameters and electromagnetic quantities involved in transmission line theory such as wave (characteristics) impendance, impendance matching and, transformation, standing wave ratio, reflection and transmission coefficients, etc., and usage of Smith chart. (EAC k)

4. Describe the coupling (or interaction) among time-varying electric and magnetic fields and the resulting Maxwell equations, and are able to apply them to simple problems. (EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic

Differential and integral calculus, vector calculus, Freshman-level electricity and magnetism, algebra, trigonometry.

Lecture Topics:

Coulomb’s Law, Electric Fields, Gauss’s Law and Divergence, Energy and Potential, Currents and Conductors, Dielectrics and Capacitance, Magnetic Fields, Inductance, Maxwell’s Equations, Transmission Lines.

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

CAD software analysis, Sonnet EDA simulation, HP Advanced Design System, Microwave Office.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics Courses and Major Design experience in Electrical Engineering degree.

Design Content Description

The design component is provided through lecture materials, homework, and tests.

Lectures: 90%
Laboratory Portion: 10%
Grading Criteria:
  • Class Participation: 10%
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm Exam: 35%
  • Final Exam: 35%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

October 8, 2012
Senate Approved:
January 10, 2012
Approved Effective:
2012 Fall Qtr