The table below provides the reading assignments for the course. The required readings are taken from the textbook Electromagnetics and Applications by D. H. Staelin. These readings are listed without an abbreviation in the table. The related reading sections for video demonstrations during the course are abbreviated as H/M. The entire contents of H/M can be found in Supplemental Resources > Electromagnetic Fields and Energy.
Staelin, David H. “Electromagnetics and Applications.” (Course notes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, n.d.)
H/M = Haus, Hermann A., and James R. Melcher. Electromagnetic Fields and Energy. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: PrenticeHall, 1989. ISBN: 9780132490207.
SES #  TOPICS  READINGS 

I. Maxwell’s equations  
R1  Review of vector and integral calculus; cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems; e^{j(ωtkz)} complex notation; gradient, curl, and divergence  1.21.5, appendices B, C 
L1 
CoulombLorentz force law; Maxwell’s equations in integral form; simple electric and magnetic field solutions using Gauss’ and Ampere’s laws for point, line, and surface charges and currents; superposition; simple cylindrical and spherical source problems Demos: H/M 10.2.1  Edgerton’s Boomer 
1.1, 1.2, 1.5.3 
R2  Simple problems using superposition and integral forms of Gauss’ and Ampere’s laws with simple spatial distributions of volume charge density and volume current density  
L2  Derive boundary conditions; apply boundary conditions to surface charge and surface current problems  2.1 
R3  Boundary condition problems, e.g., perfectly conducting sphere or cylinder surrounding point or line charge or line current  
L3 
Divergence and Stokes’ theorems; Maxwell’s equations in differential form; electroquasistatics and magnetoquasistatics (MQS); potential and the gradient operator Demo: H/M 10.0.1 nonuniqueness of voltage in an MQS system 
1.5, 2.4, 2.5 
R4  Problem solutions using differential form of Maxwell’s equations: surface and volume charged or current carrying planar layer, cylinder and sphere  
L4  The electric field, electric scalar potential, and the gradient; Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations; potential of point charge; Coulomb superposition integral  2.2 
R5  The electric dipole (potential and electric field); simple problems using the Coulomb superposition integral (line charge, ring of line charge, disk of surface charge)  
L5  Method of images  2.7 
R6  Method of images problems with planes, cylinders, and spheres  
L6 
Media: dielectric, conducting, and magnetic constitutive laws; charge relaxation Demos: H/M 6.6.1 artificial dielectric; 9.4.1 measurement of BH characteristic (magnetic hysteresis loop) 
4.1 
R7 
Capacitance, resistance, inductance, and charge relaxation problems in cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical geometries Demo: H/M 7.7.1 relaxation of charge on particle in ohmic conductor (video); Supplement: Kelvin’s water dynamos (video) 
7.17.4 
L7  Conservation of charge boundary condition; Maxwell capacitor; magnetic dipoles and circuits; reluctance  
II. Plane waves  
L8  Wave equation; Poynting’s theorem  1.3.2, 1.4, 1.6 
R8 
Sinusoidal steady state; normal incidence on a perfect conductor and a dielectric Demo: plane wave movies 
5.1 
L9  Oblique incidence on a perfect conductor; transverse magnetic (TM) waves with oblique incidence on lossless media described by ε and µ; reflection and transmission; transverse electric (TE) waves with oblique incidence on lossless media  5.3 
R9 
Snell’s law: Brewster and critical angles; effects of ohmic loss; skindepth Demo: laser and prism Brewster’s angle, critical angle 
5.3 
R10  Lasers; applications to optics: polarization by reflection; totally reflecting prisms; fiber opticsstraight light pipe, bent fiber  11.3.2 
R11  Lasers; optical devices  
III. Transmission lines and waveguides  
L10 
Parallel plate transmission lines; wave equation; sinusoidal steady state Demo: H/M 13.1.1 visualization of standing waves 
5.2 
R12  Transmission line sinusoidal steady state problems with short circuit, open circuit, and loaded ends; shortline limits as circuit approximations to capacitors and inductors  5.2 
L11 
Gamma plane; smith chart; voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR); λ/4 transformer Demo: V(z,t), I(z,t) movies 
5.2.4, 10.6.4 
R13  Quiz 1 review  
Q1  Quiz 1  
R14  Impedance and VSWR problems using the smith chart; singlestub tuner  5.2.4, 10.6.4 
L12 
Wave equations (lossless); transient waves on transmission lines Demo: H/M 14.4.1 transmission line matching, reflection, and quasistatic charging 
5.2.1, 5.2.2, 9.2 
R15 
Transient wave driven and initial value problems Demo: transient wave movies 
9.2 
L13  Reflections from ends; driven and initial value problems  5.2.1, 5.2.2, 9.2 
R16 
Waveguide fields; surface charge and current; calculation and sketching of electric and magnetic field lines Demo: show plots of electric and magnetic field lines for various waveguide modes 

L14  Rectangular waveguides; TM and TE modes; cutoff  5.4.1, 5.4.3 
R17  Cavity resonators; group and phase velocity; dispersion relations; lasers  5.4.4, 10.7 
IV. Fields and forces  
L15 
Dielectric waveguides Demo: evanescent waves 
5.4.2, 11.3 
R18  Force problems in capacitive and inductive systems  8.1, 8.3 
L16 
Energy in electric and magnetic fields; principle of virtual work to find electric and magnetic forces; magnetic circuit problems Demo: H/M 11.6.2 force on a dielectric material (video) 
3.2 
R19  Ohm’s law for moving media; Faraday’s disk (homopolar generator); torque; equivalent circuit  
L17 
Synchronous rotating machines Film: Synchronous Machines 

L18 
Selfexcited electric and magnetic machines Demo: H/M 7.7.1 van de Graaff and Kelvin generators (video); selfexcited commutator machines 

R20  Quiz 2 review  
Q2  Quiz 2  
R21  Torquespeed characteristics of rotating machines  
V. Antennas and radiation  
L19  Radiation by charges and currents; setting the gauge; Lorentz gauge; superposition integral solutions for scalar and vector potentials; radiation from a point electric dipole; receiving antenna properties  6.1.3, 6.2, 6.3 
R22  Electric and magnetic fields from a point electric dipole; farfield solution; radiation resistance; effective dipole length; antenna gain  6.3 
L20 
2 element array; broad side and endfire arrays Demo: radiation patterns 
6.4, 10.4.1 
R23 
Element and array factors; N dipole array; beam steering Demo: radiation patterns/computer simulations 
6.4, 10.4 
L21  Transmitting and receiving antennas; wireless and optical communications  10.1 
R24  Wireless and optical communication problems  
VI. Acoustics  
L22  Acoustic waves  12.112.3 
R25  Acoustic wave boundary value problems  12.4 
L23  Course review 