ELEN 104: Electromagnetics I
Tim Healy, Santa Clara University
This is the first course in electromagnetics taught in the Electrical Engineering Department. A prerequisite is a conventional course in engineering physics in the fields area. This course is required of all majors. The text this year is M. Sadiku, "Elements of Electromagnetics", Second Edition, Saunders, Fort Worth, TX, 1994. In this course I cover the first seven chapters of the text, including:
In addition to this conventional material I also discuss philosophy of science, specifically in terms of the work of Thomas Kuhn in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. I discuss Kuhn's concept of a paradigm and paradigm shifts, and then discuss some of the history of electromagnetics in this light.
- vector calculus
- electric current
- boundary value problems
- Ampere and Biot-Savart
I am very interested in the application of approximations to various results in electromagnetics. This usually requires the use of what I refer to in class as Small Mathematics, which is just a collection of well-known approximations which are a handy tool in the engineer's workbox.