This course examines applications of electromagnetic waves. It begins with a brief review of Maxwell's equations, and proceeds to use the equations to consider different practical applications of unguided and guided electromagnetic waves.  Students learn about uniform plane waves, polarization of electromagnetic waves, plane wave reflection and transmission, normal and oblique incidence, retangular metallic waveguides, single-mode optical fibers, antennas, and antenna arrays.  This course builds on and supplements knowledge from ELEC 280.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Understand Maxwell’s equations and the fundamentals of unguided electromagnetic wave propagation in lossless and lossy media (normal and oblique incidence, reflection and transmission, state of polarization, power flow),
  • Understand the fundamentals of guided electromagnetic wave propagation in rectangular metallic waveguides and single-mode optical fibers (solution to Maxwell’s equations, propagation constant, waveguide dispersion and attenuation), and

  • Understand the fundamentals of single element antennas (half-wave dipole antennas) and antenna arrays.

Credit Breakdown

Lecture: 3
Lab: 0.25
Tutorial: 0.5

Academic Unit Breakdown

Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 0
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 24
Engineering Design 21