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  • General description

    This course will enable students understanding time-varying electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic waves, and wave propagation phenomena, which are of essential importance in modern communications. The course focuses on the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic theory that are presented by the general form of time-varying Maxwell’s equations, physical significance of these equations, how fields are related, and how are they related to the medium properties. Students will be able to apply boundary conditions for fields at the interface of two different media, to use wave equation to find solutions to Maxwell’s equations, and especially, to study plane wave properties and characteristics as a solution, and medium properties of different types: dielectric (lossless and lossy), conductor and perfect conductor. Students will be able to understanding wave propagation mechanisms at interfaces, Poynting theorem and power and energy considerations, and the concept of stored energy and radiated power. This course will also provide students with the basic theory of transmission lines, and focuses on the basic properties of the most commonly used transmission lines and waveguides and their relative advantages in a broader context. Students will be able to understanding the key differences between circuit theory and transmission line theory. Intended Learning Outcomes: - Understanding time-varying electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic waves. - List Maxwell’s equations, identifying the plane wave as a solution of Maxwell’s equations, and understanding of general electromagnetic wave propagation phenomena. - Interpreting of the dielectric and magnetic properties of given materials, and listing the constitutive relations that relate the electromagnetic fields in that material. - Applying the boundary conditions for electric and magnetic fields at different interfaces. - Understanding Poynting theorem and its application to find received power and power loss - Comprehension of the key differences between circuit theory and transmission line theory. - Identifying the transmission line as an element in a circuit, naming its parameters, and using Smith chart to solve transmission line problems. Identifying various types of transmission lines and waveguides, their performance, characteristics, and practical applications. - Comprehension of the maximum power transfer, and identifying different types of power in aa electrical circuit with transmission line.