ECE 329 - Fields and Waves I

Fall 2020


  • Welcome to Fall 2020 offering of ECE 329! For this semester, the course is online-only.

  • We will use Gradescope for homework and exam submissions. Detailed policy and instructions please refer to Exams and Homeworks.

  • All dates/times for this course refer to local time in Champaign, IL.

  • You are responsible to attend live lectures or watch the recording within 24h after posted, as some assignments will be announced in lectures only and count towards attendance.

Exam 1 Announcement

  • Review session for exam 1 will be held on Wednesday 9/23 9-10pm via zoom

  • This course uses the College of Engineering Computer-Based Testing Facility for its exams. Please review their introduction here before you make reservation and take exams.

  • If you have accommodations identified by the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) for exams, please email your Letter of Accommodation (LOA) to Carleen Sacris,, before you make your first exam reservation.

  • Exam 1 will be 9/24 8:00-9:00pm. Conflict exam 1 will be 9/25 8:00-9:00am.

  • Please register for the exam on CBTF before next week. It is important that you review the CBTF Online Student Guides and other student instructors on the web site before the exam. Conflict exam registration please refer to Exams.

  • At the conclusion of the exam, you will have 15 minutes to scan and upload the exam to Gradescope. Please note Gradescope will stop accepting uploads at 9:15pm, and it is your responsibility (not that of the proctor) to ensure you stop writing at 9pm, and have sufficient time to scan and upload the exam. Absolutely no e-mailed exams will be accepted. If your exam is not uploaded by 9:15pm, you will receive a 0 on this exam. If you have a valid excuse for not being able to upload the exam by 9:15pm, you must notify the proctor and Prof. Chen by 9:05pm and provide proof.

  • The exam is closed-book, closed-notes, and NO calculators are allowed. You are not allowed to use any electronic devices to solve the problems. You must provide all units where appropriate, and CIRCLE your final answer for each problem. If you are submitting the exam on blank paper, you must start each problem on a new sheet of paper. You can use a tablet to write your responses at your own risk: we are unable to provide any support in the event your tablet or app malfunctions, or if the solutions you submit are illegible. Your exam will be graded as submitted, and you will lose points for any answers that are illegible to the grader. It is your responsibility to ensure every page of your exam is scanned and uploaded as you are not allowed to submit additional missing pages later.

  • You are provided a formula sheet for the exam. The exam will include materials from Lectures 1-11.


Instructor Prof. Xu Chen (Coordinator) Prof. Yun-Sheng Chen Prof. Yang Shao
Section A CSP P
Lecture Link MWF 11:00-11:50am
Lecture Zoom
MWF 1:00-1:50pm
Lecture Zoom
MWF 12:00-12:50pm
Please email all course specific questions to Prof X. Chen
Office Hour Link Office Hour Zoom Office Hour Zoom Office Hour Zoom
Office Hours Wed. 2-3pm and by appointment Wed. 9-10pm and by appointment Thu. 4-5pm and by appointment

Teaching Assistants

TA Bingqian Ye(Head TA) Victor Shangguan Xinan Chen
Office Hour Mon. 3-5pm Zoom
Mon. 8-9pm Zoom
Tue. 7-9pm Zoom Mon. 7-8pm Zoom


  • MATH 241: Vector calculus basics

  • PHYS 212: Electric and magnetic field basics

  • ECE 210: Linear circuit and system analysis tools

Lecture Notes(Textbook)

You can find the lecture notes here: ECE 329 Lecture Notes on Fields and Waves, Erhan Kudeki, 2016.

Supplement Text (Not Required)

N. N. Rao, Fundamentals of Electromagnetics for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prentice-Hall, 2009.
Electromagnetics and Applications, David H. Staelin.


In Optional Column, you will find links to a Mathematica notebook for each class. These notebooks will not be utilized in this class but they can be a resource for better understanding the materials we cover in class. No prior experience with Mathematica is required. Watching the following videos prior to starting your first Mathematica experience will be useful: Notebooks, Methods to Get Started, Basic Calculations, Basic Graphics, Making Interactive Models

All engineering students have free access to Mathematica via Citrix remote server. In preparation to class download and install the Citrix Receiver software to your mobile device (laptop or tablet) from Citrix Download or Citrix Download for Linux .

Grading Policy

Grade Breakdown

Participation 1%
Homework 14%
Midterm exam(3) 20%
Final Exam 25%

Letter Grade Percentage Score

A+ 97-100
A 93-96
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 67-69
D 63-66
D- 60-62
F below 60

Discussion Forum

  • All questions should be posted in Compass2G under 'Course Discussion Forum’. TA or Instructor will answer within 24 hours.

  • You are not allowed to post any homework solutions (right or wrong) on the forum.

  • You should not discuss exams in the forum until 48 hours after exams.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to abide by the University of Illinois Student Code. Students should pay particular attention to Article 1, Part 4: Academic Integrity. Ignorance is not an excuse for any academic dishonesty. It is your responsibility to read this policy to avoid any misunderstanding. Do not hesitate to ask the instructor(s) if you are ever in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, cheating, or any other breach of academic integrity.

Any academic integrity violations will result in a FAIR report. Furthermore, the penalty will be as follows:

  • A score of 0 (zero) on the assignment or exam where the first academic integrity violation occurred.

  • A grade of F for the course when the second offense occured.

  • Note that the standard of proof for a finding of infraction is “more likely than not”. This means I only need to show with 51% certainty that you committed the offense for the allegations to go on your record.

The following is a partial list of academic integrity violations for this course:

  • Copying homework from other students (working together and discussing is acceptable)

  • Copying homework from past solutions

  • Using websites such as Chegg or Course Hero while completing any course assignments or exams

  • Using unauthorized materials during exams

  • Violating CBTF proctoring policies

  • Communicating with any person during exams

  • Discussing the exam publicly within 24 hours, or discussing with anyone who has not yet taken the exam

  • Not an academic integrity violation: Distributing any course material without authorization. This includes uploading homeworks/solutions and exam solutions to web sites, or sharing these documents with people not enrolled in the course.

    • Although not an academic integrity violation, it is a violation of the law and Professor will refer you to U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution under The Digital Millennium Copyright Act.