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EEC130A – Introductory Electromagnetics I

4 units – Fall, Winter Quarters

Lecture: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Prerequisites: MAT 21D, PHY 9C or PHY 9HD, ENG 17

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Basics of static electric and magnetic fields and fields in materials. Work and scalar potential. Maxwell’s equations in integral and differential form. Plane waves in lossless media. Lossless transmission lines.

Expanded Course Description

  1. Maxwell’s Equation in Integral Form
    1. Source equations for static fields (Coulomb’s amd Biot-Savart’s Laws)
    2. Full Maxwell’s equations, integral form – Heuristic er, mr
    3. Equivalence of Gauss/Coulomb’s and Ampere’s/Biot-Savart’s Laws
    4. Simple examples of fields using Gauss and Ampere’s Laws
    5. Faraday’s law, induction
  2. Maxwell’s Equations in Differential Form-Waves in Lossless Media
    1. Gauss laws for electric and magnetic fields
    2. Ampere’s Law and Faraday’s Law
    3. Continuity equation, displacement current
    4. Wave equation in source free lossless media
    5. Plane waves propagating along an axis – wave impedance
  3. Materials
    1. Conductors and conduction current
    2. Dielectric materials – polarization
    3. Linear magnetic materials – magnetization
    4. Classification of materials
    5. Boundary conditions for the fields
    6. Power and Poynting vector – energy densities
  4. Static Electric and Magnetic Fields
    1. Maxwell’s equations for statics
    2. Electrostatic potential – Laplace’s equation
    3. Capacitance – electric energy storage
    4. Self-inductance – magnetic energy storage
    5. Simple boundary value problems (transmission line geometrics)
  5. Lossless Transmission Lines
    1. Transmission line equations with lumped circuit parameters
    2. Wave equation for transmission lines
    3. Current and voltage waves – characteristic impedance
    4. Reflection at unmatched loads – Crank diagram
    5. Input impedance
    6. Quarter wavelength matching


  1. F. Ulaby, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, Prentice-Hall.

Relationship to Outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Breadth

Engineering Science: 4 credits
Engineering Design: 0 credit