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This is a first course on the fundamental aspects of electromagnetic fields. The following topics are covered: vector analysis, including orthogonal coordinate systems, and the calculus of field quantities; electrostatic fields including the concepts of electric potential, capacitance, and current and current density; magnetostatic fields including inductance; time varying fields and the complete form of Maxwell's equations; basic transmission line phenomena including steady-state sinusoidal behaviour and standing waves, transient performance and impedance matching. This course builds on and supplements knowledge from other courses, including APSC 111, APSC 11, APSC 171, APSC 172, and APSC 174.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Understand the transmission of the electromagnetic energy along transmission lines.
  • Use the Smith chart to analyze the transmission lines and to develop an impedance matching network.
  • Describe the three orthogonal coordinate systems, and transform between the systems.
  • Describe the gradient of a scalar field, the divergence of a vector filed, and the curl of a vector filed.
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of electrostatic field theory including capacitance, electric potential, current, and boundary conditions.
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of magnetostatic filed theory including inductance and boundary conditions.
  • Understand the concepts of time-varying electromagnetic fields, and apply Maxwell's equations to analyze the time-varying circuits.
Credit Breakdown

Lecture: 3
Lab: 0.25
Tutorial: 0.5

Academic Unit Breakdown

Mathematics 10
Natural Sciences 27
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 18
Engineering Design 0