Course Description: ECE 329: Electromagnetic fields and waves fundamentals and their engineering applications: static electric and magnetic fields; energy storage; Maxwell's equations for time-varying fields; wave solutions in free space, dielectrics and conducting media, transmission line systems; time- and frequency-domain analysis of transmission line circuits and Smith chart applications. Course Information: Prerequisite: ECE 210.
Section P: ECE329P will be a Mathematica-based approach to Fields and Waves. The objective of the course is to allow students to leverage the power of Mathematica to illuminate and illustrate core concepts in Electricity and Magnetism. The ability to study these concepts through both advanced analytical and numerical techniques will give students a tool-kit for describing, solving, and understanding both basic and perhaps more importantly, more complicated, E&M problems. The course will consist of two traditional lectures per week (supplemented by in-class Mathematica demos) and a third, computer-based lecture, in which the students walk through a more complicated problem/concept using Mathematica, in a computer lab setting. This is not, however, a course on Mathematica. No prior experience with the language is required, and the focus of the course will be on using basic Mathematica techniques for understanding E&M, as opposed to using E&M to teach Mathematica.