Feb 08, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EE 3204 - Electric and Magnetic Fields

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
The primary goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the physical properties of electric and magnetic fields, which is the basis for electromagnetic field applications in electrical engineering. The associated mathematical vector analysis techniques serve as the vehicle to determine, analyze, and interpret electric and magnetic fields in various coordinate systems. Topics include vector algebra and calculus in the Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems, Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law, electric potential, capacitance, Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s Circuital law, and inductance. (prereq: MA 232  or MA 2323  or MA 3501 , PH 2021 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply vector and calculus techniques to the solution of electromagnetic field problems in rectangular, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems.
  • Apply Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law, potential, Biot-Savart law, and Ampere’s Circuital law to determine the analytical expressions of the electric and magnetic fields produced under idealized geometrical conditions.
  • Describe capacitance and inductance in terms of electromagnetic field concepts and energy.
  • Describe electric and magnetic field behavior from analytic expressions and/or simulation results.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Calculus
  • Physics of electricity and magnetism

Course Topics
  • Vector algebra and coordinate systems (10 classes)
  • Electrostatics: Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law, and electric potential (9 classes)
  • Capacitance and conductor-dielectric boundary conditions (2 classes)
  • Magnetism, current densities, magnetostatics, Biot-Savart law (4 classes)
  • Ampere’s Circuital law, magnetomotive force principles for magnetic circuits, inductance (5 classes)
  • Introduction, homework and examinations (including final examination) (11 classes)

Dr. Robert Strangeway

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