The University of Akron
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
4400:354-301 Electromagnetics II Dr. N. Ida
Summer 2017 LH 312* Room ASEC-S252
Time 8:00 - 9:35 AM* TEL: 330-972-6525
Mo,Tu,We e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*See: Method of delivery.
TEXT: Engineering Electromagnetics, 3rd Edition, 2015, N. Ida, Springer Verlag
Period: June 12 to August 6, 2017.
Office Hours: See method of delivery.
Course Outline: We will follow the notes rather closely. The material covered includes chapters 10 (review), 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. The topics are:
Chapter 10: Faraday's Law (review)
Chapter 11: Maxwell’s equations.
Chapter 12: Electromagnetic waves and propagation
Chapter 13: Reflection and transmission of plane waves
Chapter 14: Theory of transmission lines
Chapter 15: The Smith chart, impedance matching and transmission line circuits
Grading: 1st Exam 20% (Tentative: Friday, June 30)
2nd Exam 20% (Tentative: Friday, July 14)
3rd Exam 20% (Tentative: Friday, July 28)
Final Exam 35% (optional, see below, Wednesday August 2)
Note: after the third exam, which will be given on or around the last week of the Semester, your initial grade will be computed using the following weights:
1st Exam 30%
2nd Exam 35%
3rd Exam 30%
The initial grade will be communicated to you by e-mail. You then have the option of taking the final exam. There is no need to tell me what you want to do. If you take the final exam, I will re-compute the grade according to the first weights above. If not, your initial grade becomes your grade for the Semester. This option is designed so that students that do very well in term exams do not need to take the final whereas those that did not do well can still improve their grades. The final is comprehensive and will be given at the scheduled time.
Homework: Will be assigned Mondays, to be submitted on the following Monday unless Monday is a holiday. If that is the case, the homework will be due the following day. Homework will be corrected, graded and returned the following Monday (see below). Please note: this is a summer class and each week of classes is roughly equivalent to two weeks of regular semester classes. The homework will also be equivalent to two homeworks. You will have a week to do the homework. Because of the extent of the homework and the short period of the summer class the submission dates are firm.
Supporting material: Additional material will be made available on the website:
Sample exams from previous years (with solutions)
Summaries to Chapters 10 through 18
A MATLAB suite of programs that demonstrates some of the principles discussed.
Method of delivery and other details
During Summer 2017, the course will be web-based. This means the following:
Finally, I very strongly recommend that you schedule the viewing of the lectures and your work on homework so that you complete everything on time. The class is intense and the time short. If you fall behind it is difficult to catch up. For this reason alone, I will not accept late homework. The student assistant will be instructed to this effect. Please remember, we will have an exam every two weeks and the only way to prepare is by working continuously and steadily.
I am aware that there are many resources on line that you can use. However, I caution you against using solution manuals. For one, there are many errors in them but, more importantly, copying a solution or “reading” a solution, does not prepare you for the exams. Working through the assigned problems, asking questions and reviewing material needed to solve the problems leads to understanding and eventual success.