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ELEX 7230 - Electromagnetism

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

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Course Details

This course covers the theory of electromagnetism, including field concepts, Maxwell's equations free space and guided wave propagation, transmission lines and radiation from simple structures. Application examples in high-speed circuit board design, ionosphere modeling, and antenna theory are included. Computer simulations are used to help students visualize the concepts presented in the course.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Solve electromagnetism problems using scalars and vectors.
  • Calculate line, surface and volume integrals.
  • Use rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems.
  • Use Coulomb's law, electric field and potential, and electric flux density and displacement to solve problems.
  • Calculate capacitance, resistance and power.
  • Calculate magnetic fields due to electric currents.
  • Use the motor and generator equations to build working models.
  • Solve problems using curl.
  • Derive and explain Maxwell's equations.
  • Explain and apply Coulomb's, Ohm's, Joules's, Ampere's, Faraday's, Lenz's, and Gauss's laws.
  • Derive equations for the characteristic impedance and propagation constant for transmission lines.
  • Carry out measurements of wavelength and impedance.
  • Perform impedance matching.
  • Apply field theory for propagation in a transmission line.
  • Understand and apply transmission line impedance formulae for energy, power, reflection coefficient and VSWR.
  • Derive impedance transformation formula for a transmission line.
  • Derive the Poynting vector formula.
  • Carry out single and double stub impedance matching using Smith chart.
  • Understand transients on transmission lines and draw a bounce diagram.
  • Understand space wave propagation, attenuation, polarization, reflection and refraction.
  • Make measurements at 10 GHz of plane wave propagation, reflection and refraction.
  • Explain dielectric hysteresis and dielectric loss.
  • Calculate skin depth.
  • Describe the difference between linear, circular, and elliptical polarizations.
  • Use Fresnel's equations for perpendicular and parallel polarizations at oblique incidence.
  • Describe basic antenna parameters including retarded potential.
  • Draw radiation pattern for a dipole.
  • Derive Friis's formula.
  • Calculate signal to noise ratio for a radio link.
  • Plot radiation pattern of antennae.
  • Describe critical angle, and theory of fibre optics.
  • Make measurements using optical fibres.
  • Calculate electromagnetic effects in high-speed digital systems.
  • Calculate signal to noise ratio for a radio link.

Effective as of Winter 2007

Related Programs

ELEX 7230 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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