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ELEC50007 Electromagnetism

Lecturer(s): Dr Oleksiy Sydoruk; Prof Richard Syms


Electromagnetic systems are ubiquitous in electrical engineering. It forms the foundation of understanding and designing systems as diverse as electrical motors to wireless communication. The Maxwell equations are the basics of EM. Using Vector Calculus, we will solve these equations and apply them in low frequency and high frequency applications. Low frequency applications forms strong links with analogue and power electronics whilst high frequency application covers communications and sensing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Apply the techniques of Vector Calculus to obtain analytical solutions to problems involving line and multiple integration as well as Green’s, Divergence and Stokes’ theorems.
2. Utilize the concepts of differentiation and integration of complex functions, to perform analysis of poles and their residues.
1. Calculate electromagnetic parameters of simple configurations
2. Use Maxwell’s equations to explain electromagnetic phenomena at high frequency
3. Explain the operation of energy conversion devices
4. Analyse low frequency systems using transmission line theory
5. Design elementary radio and radar systems
6. Design communication and imaging systems
7. Design, implement and characterise a hardware system using electromagnetic principle (e.g. RFID)


Vector Calculus, including line and multiple integration; Complex analysis including contour integration
Maxwell’s equations ; Voltage/inductance/capacitance ; LC-transmission lines/waves/impedance/reflections ; EM waves in free space and materials. Refraction ; Introduction to UHF/microwave comms systems (radio, mobile, satellite) ; Antennas ; EM waves in realistic environments (ionosphere, multipath, loss, dispersion etc)
EM waves in waveguides ; Optical fibre communication ; Introduction to EM sensor systems ; Radar ; Imaging ; the use of MATLAB
Exam Duration: N/A
Coursework contribution: 50%

Term: Autumn & Spring

Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): N/A

Coursework Requirement:
         Laboratory Experiment
         Non-assessed problem sheets

Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): no

Prerequisite module(s): None required

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