30.102 Electromagnetics & Applications

No. of Credits:: 12 Subject Credits



The aim of this course are to provide a comprehensive introduction on the theories and applications of electromagnetics/Maxwell equations.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and be able to apply transmission line theory and circuit concepts of EM waves
  • Understand the working principles of resonators and waveguides and be able to design one
  • Understand the basics of antennas and be able to analyze the performance of an antenna
  • Understand propagation of plane waves and be able to identify different types of EM waves
  • Be able to identify the polarization of EM waves and apply them to EM related designs
  • Understand propagation of waves in different media (lossless and lossy)
  • Understand boundaries of media and be able to explain boundary conditions


  • 5 minute presentation on a defined topic before a class (group base)
  • 1D
  • 2D
  • One field trip to an EM hardware company and one field trip to an EM measurement company
  • MATLAB programming
  • Training on how to use an EM commercial software – CST Microwave Studio

Text & References


  • Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics by Fawwaz T Ulaby, Eric Michielssen, Umberto Ravaioli


  1. Microwave Engineering by David Pozar
  2. Antenna Theory by Constantine A. Balanis
  3. Electromagnetic Wave Theory by Jin Au Kong
  4. The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman


  • Project coding & cst simulation 5%
  • Project hardware (group) 1D 10%
  • Project hardware (group) 2D 20%
  • Participation 5%
  • Homework 10%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 25%
  • Bonus: in class group presentation 5%

Course Notes

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