Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields & Waves

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields & Waves

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Electrical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ELEC2003 + MATH2000

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Fundamentals of electromagnetics including transmission lines, time varying fields, plane waves, radiation, waveguides & basic antennas, radar fundamentals. Applications in area of satellite communications & radar sensors.


    Course Introduction
    Maxwell's equations represent a fundamental unification of electric and magnetic fields predicting electromagnetic wave phenomena by which all wireless (and guided) telecommunications systems operate. ELEC3100/7101 provides the background to many continuing specialist courses that implement the results of this course e.g. microwave components, photonics, fibre optics, radar, antennas. The purpose of this course is to introduce electromagnetics from a wave viewpoint and give a unifying description both qualitatively and quantitavely of the subject demonstrating how it impacts on all specialities within electrical engineering.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Analyse wave propagation on low-loss transmission lines by using analytical methods and the Smith-chart method.
    2  Evaluate reflection coefficient for the line, power flow in the structure, transmission line impedance and characteristics of the load terminations of transmission lines.
    3  Design simple transmission and resonator structures.
    4  Analyse electromagnetic wave propagation in free space and guiding structures and analyse the interaction of electromagnetic waves with various media.
    5  Design simple electromagnetic guiding structures, resonators, and antennas.
    6  Explain how other disciplines relate to the study of electromagnetics and describe practical applications of electromagnetics.


    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 2 Tutorial hours, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour

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