Applied Electromagnetic Theory:
Physics 432 & General Science 526
4 credits (3:3:3)
Lecture: Monday, Tuesday,and
Thursday (Friday in 4^{th} Q) at 2 pm in Gessner
118
Lab: Friday 2 pm – 5 pm (if
you need extra time the room will be available). Gessner 120
Office Hours: posted outside physics office, my office and
on internet Gessner 203
Section number is S093
Website
for instructor : http://www.esu.edu/physics/larrabee/dlarrabee.html
Webstite
for the Course: http://www.esu.edu/physics/larrabee/courses/p432/phys432.htm
Course
Instructor: Dr. David A. Larrabee
Location: Gessner 203
Telephone: ex. 3292
Internet: dlarrabee@pobox.esu.edu
Catalog
Course Description
Physics
432: This
course will apply of Maxwell’s equations to the propagation of electromagnetic
waces in free space, wave guides and coaxial cables. The transmission line equation will be
developed and analyzed for the case of real practicable transmission
lines. Maxwell’s equations will be used
to analyze antennas.
Prerequisite Courses: Phys 161, 162, 431 and Math 341 Prerequisites Class Standing: None
Course Objectives
This course has five objectives:
1) To develop an
understanding of the principles of electromagnetic radiation.
2) To understand the physics
and operation of wave guides, coaxial cables, and transmission lines.
3)
To understand the physics and operation of transmitting and receiving antennas.
4)
To be able to calculate the important parameters of a system using waveguides,
coaxial cables, transmission lines, and antennas (as well as other “circuit
elements” like stub tuners).
5) To be able to use the concept of a scattering matric to calculate how an RF system might function
6)
To be able to use a smith chart as a usefull tool.
7) to be able to design
simple RF configurations (like the feed line and antenna for a transmitter).
Required Materials
Texts –“Lines,
Waves and Antennas” by Robert Grover Brown et al. John Wiley and Sons, Second edition © 1973.
Schey, h. m., div grad curl and all that W.W. Norton & co Ó 1997
Suggested References that you should seriously consider adding to your
library
CRC Standard Mathematical
Tables, by
the CRC Press
Dwight, Herbert Bristol Tables
of Integrals and other Mathematical Data The Macmillan Company.
The ARRL Handbook for Radio
Communications
Published annually by the
Supplies  Scientific calculator, some
standard math tables (for looking up integrals, derivatives and the like see
above), a list of physical constants (from an old
physics text, the list on for sale in the Campus store, or even the Handbook of
Physics and Chemistry). You will be
doing a lot of computations involving complex numbers. Having a calculator that allows you to enter
complex numbers directly and do operations on them (including trig, powers,
etc,) will make your life considerably easier.
Required Additional "
General
Information
Absenteeism  I will take
attendance. I will reduce your grade 1
letter grade for every 5 sessions missed (including labs). (i.e. you get 4
“free” absences).
If you are absent, you are still responsible for all
the work. You need to make arrangements
to get homework to me and to get the assignments for the following
classes. You can get in contact with me
by telephone, leave a message on the answering machine, or leave a message at
school. Email and packet addresses are also given at the top of this
syllabus. You will not be allowed to
make up any quizzes due to absenteeism (see below).
Academic
Honesty: Cheating
on the exams or homework, plagiarism, stealing, lying, computer theft, and all
other forms of academic dishonesty are totally unacceptable. I will take any incident of academic
dishonesty very seriously. Simply put, I
expect that when you hand in an individual assignment it is your own work. If you are unsure if it is your own work or
not, it probably isn't. You should feel
free to discuss the material with anyone, share ideas, ask for help and advise,
but do your own work.
I do not consider doing homework with a classmate
where you each do all the work cheating.
In fact this can be a valuable aid to learning the material. But if you both don't understand what you are
doing you will probably flunk the exams and the course. If one student does another students
assignment for them, then both are being dishonest. In such a case (if caught) both students will
be subject to the full disciplinary measures available to me. You may not simply copy another students
homework. Neither shall you copy text out
of the textbook without quoting the text.
In general all assignments should be in your own words.
Assignments  see Homework
Cell Phones – If you have a cell phone turn it off before you enter class. If for some reason you must have a cell phone
on during class I will ask that you: 1) obtain my prior permission, 2) have it
set on vibration mode so it does not disturb class by ringing and 3) go outside
the classroom to answer the phone.
If you answer the cell phone
during a quiz or test that will end the quiz or test (for you). If you need to have an exception to this rule
you need to obtain my permission before the test or quiz. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Please not waste class time by
asking for permission for this during the start of class!).
Communications – Please not that we have a course web site (see top of the
syllabus). Information about the course
will be posted to the website. If you
have questions please email me. I will
maintain a course distribution list of Emails.
When there is relavent information (like grades are posted) I will do a
mailing to this distribution list. If
you want to be on the distribution list, email me and ask to be put on the
list. I will then add the Email address
from which the Email came.
Examination
dates  I
am planning one midterm exam and a comprehensive
final exam. All exams will be in class,
open book and open notes. The planned
due dates for the exams are:
Mid Term Exam Friday
March 10 from
(if first exams grades are low a second midterm may be offered).
Final
Exam May 9^{th} 2 pm Gessner 118
These exams are open book,
open notes, open reference materials, you may use calculators, computers,
etc. You must do your own work however.
Final Exam  The final exam will cover
all the material in the course (i.e. a
comprehensive exam) open book, open notes, open reference materials,
you may use calculators, computers, etc.
You must do your own work however.
Grading
Requirements:
You final grade is a weighted average of the
following Labwork 25% Homework (see note) 10% Quizes (see note) 10% Midterm 20% Final 35% 
The letter grade
percentages are defined by A 90
100 B 80
 89 C 70
 79 D 60
 69 F 0
 59 
There
is however two exceptions to the computation of the final grade. 1) If you fail the final exam you fail the
course. 2) lack of attendance can reduce
your grade, see the attendance policy
Grievance
Procedures: If
you have a complaint, suggestion or comment, please contact me. Then if this does not resolve the situation
see Prof. Buckley who is the chair of the Department of Physics.
Homework: I assign and grade homework. I expect homework to be handed in on
time. The due date for the homework will
be established when the homework is passed out.
Homework
will not be accepted after the due date, (unless prior arrangements
have been made).
It is strongly suggested that the student start the
homework as soon as they receive the assignment. Some of the problems may require
experimentation on the part of the student.
You may find that it is not possible to do some of the exercises at the
last minute.
The output of MathCad, Mathematica or other symbolic
math solvers will not be accepted as an answer for a homework problem. If you
Lab: You are expected to be in the Laboratory
during Lab hours (Thursday
Note: I
expect that the laboratory to be cleaned up after use. Failure to clean up the laboratory will
result in a reduction of the Laboratory grade of up to 25% (multiplicative). At the end of the term failure to return the
laboratory to a clean state will result in the grade of I until the laboaratory
is cleaned.
Lateness  I'll start the class on
time. If you're late you'll miss what
was presented. Please be punctual, it disturbs the rest of the class if your
routinely late. Being on time is a
courtesy to the rest of your classmates as well as to the professor. In cases of habitual lateness I reserve the
right to lock the room and deny access to students who are late. If a person is late this will count as ˝ of an
absence.
Lecture: During class sections we will; have formal
lectures, have discussions, have class demonstrations, review homework and
tests, and of course take quizzes and tests.
Much (but not all) of the lecture will be taken from material that is
covered in the text. The student is
responsible for all material discussed in class, even if not covered in the
text. If you read the text ahead of time
you will know what is covered and what isn't.
Thus you will only need to take notes on what is not covered in the
text.
Makeup tests,
homework, and quizzes  If you are going to be absent
for a test you will need to notify me before the test and make arrangements for
the makeup test or assignment. I'll need
a good reason. If you have one I'll
assign the makeup work. If an emergency
arises you will need to contact me as soon as is prudent. Under no circumstances will homework be
accepted after the answers are posted, or will quizzes be allowed to be made
up.
Mathematics: Physics is a quantitative science. Electrodynamics is one of the more
mathematical sub fields of physics.
There is no way for us to avoid advanced calculus and I have no
intention of even trying. We will use the physics to guide our development of
the mathematical concepts. We will
briefly review the mathematical theory underlying what we have done physically. This course has rerequisits in
mathematics. This is because the course
utilizes this level of mathematics withing the course from the beginning of the
course.
Asking that I teach the physics and mathematics
covered in the prerequisite courses, as well as the physics in this course is
in my opinion, an unreasonable request of the studemt. This is doubly true if I am asked to take
lecture time to cover the mathematical material within the prerequisites.
Plagarism: 
(see academic honesty above)
Quizzes. There may be unannounced
random quizzes. I will drop the lowest
two quiz grades. Quizes will not be made
up (the first two misses are free). The use of cell phone is prohibited during quizzes
(see section on cell phones)
Review Sessions. Review sessions for the
tests can be scheduled in the evenings if requested by the class. Otherwise please see me during office hours
or schedule an appointment.
Retention of Student Material. Student exams and homework
assignments and other course materials will be kept for 1 term after the term that
the student takes this course. Thus all
homework, exams, finals, etc. may be destroyed any time after finals week in
the Fall of 2006.
Special Needs
Students: If you have some special
need, or if there is something I could do that would help you be more
successful in this class I would appreciate your coming to talk to me. It is my desire that you all do well. I am dedicated to helping you where I can. So do not be nervous about asking if we can
accommodate you in some way. I promise
you that I will listen, and do what I can.
Tests  There will be at least one
midterms and a comprehensive final. The
mid term and final will be open book
open notes exams.
Text and
Assigned
Furthermore in an advanced physics class of this
kind the student is expected to go over the mathematical derivations within the
If I feel this is not bring done I may assign this
for homework.
We are all coming to this course with some purpose
and some expectations. If we work
together we can achieve those aims. This
requires that both professor and student “take on” certain responsibilities. It is probably futile to attempt to list
every task and responsibility (and not necessary).
The first and most important responsibility of every
member of this class (including the professor) is to be polite, courteous, and
respectful of any other class member, any guests in the room (students,
professors, administrative personnel, etc.), and the professor. There will be no discussion on this
matter. I reserve to the right to drop
any student who is disrespectful, rude or inconsiderate of any class member,
guest, or of the professor. This is as
applicable on the first day in class as it is during the final exam!
Here is a list of some common sense
responsibilities. If you have any
additional needs or suggestions, please feel free to communicate them to
me. At the very least we will be able to
talk about them.
Responsibilities
of the Professor
1) To treat class members
fairly, humanly, and honestly. To treat
you as capable adults.
2) Answer all questions to the
best of my ability when asked, or if I do not know the answer, to get an answer
before the next class period.
3) To cover the syllabus as
outlined, or to inform the class ahead of time of any deviations.
4) To return homework, quizzes,
tests, and any other collected material that is to be returned within one week
of receiving them.
5) To provide aid to any student
who is having problems and requires my assistance, either during office hours
or during a previously scheduled meeting.
6) To act professionally (come
to class on time, prepared, act in a courteous and friendly manner, ...)
7) To maintain order and civility
in the classroom.
8) To answer any question about
a students performance and grades directly and in private.
9) To have material on reserve
and on the network within 48 hours of its being presented in class.
Responsibilities
of the Student
1) To act civil to your fellow
students and professors. Hostility, acts
of humiliation or intimidation of others will not be tolerated. This will be grounds for the professor dropping
the student from the course.
2) To come to the class
prepared. This includes reading the
assigned material, doing all assigned work and being prepared to raise
questions about the material that you do not understand. It also includes bringing; your calculator, and writing implements to every class.
3) To participate in the class. Both by being alert, and by sharing your
insights and questions with the rest of us.
4) To turn in homework, quizzes,
tests, and any other assignments on time.
5) To communicate to the professor when you need help. I am not a mind reader. It is sometimes hard to tell if the
expression on your face is due to being bored to death, or that you are
hopelessly lost. I am interested in
helping, all you have to do is tell me you need help!
6) When we uncover a weakness in
your understanding (in the course or a prerequisite course) It is your
responsibility to work on that weakness so it is no longer an obstacle for
doing the work in this course.
Preliminary Class Schedule
(This
schedule is an estimate of how the course will proceed. Items may be added, deleted, modified or
moved as needs arise. )
Week 
Mon 
Chapt 
Class
Topics 
Notes 

1

Jan
17 
1
& 2 
Math
and Circuit review. Introduction
to Energy Transmission General
Equations and Solution for Transmission Lines 
(1) 

6

Jan
23 
2 
General
Equations and Solution for Transmission Lines 


7

Jan
30 
3 
Graphical
Aids to TransmissionLine Analysis 


2

Feb
6 
4 
Transmission Line Matching 


3

Feb
13 
5 
Matrix
Representation of TransmissionLine Circuits 


4

Feb
20 
6 
Transmission
line as a circuit element 
(2) 

5

Feb
27 
6
& 7 
Transmission
line as a circuit element The
Field equations 


8

Mar
6 
7 
The Field equations (continued) Exam
#1 is on Friday 



Mar
13 

Spring Break 


9

Mar
20 
8 
Propagation of Plane waves 
(3) 

10

Mar
27 
9 
Guided Waves 


11

April
3 
10 
Resonant Cavities 


12

April
10 
11 
The Waveguide as a Circuit
element 
(4) 

13

April
17 
12 
Radiation of
Electromagnetic Waves 



April
24 
12 
Radiation
of Electromagnetic Waves 


14

May
1 
13 
Special
topic to be announced. 


15 
May
9 


Final 24 pm Tuesday May 9^{th}
Gessner 118 

(1) There is no Monday class this week, there is a quiz on
Friday.
(2) There is no Monday or Tuesday classes and Wednesday is
a Switch day (Monday classes).
(3) I may be absent on March 24^{th} (If a paper
is accepted at a conference)
(4) There is no class on Thursday and Friday so there will
be no Friday or Monday Quizz.