Fall 2023


ECE 329: Fields and Waves I


Sec Time Room Instructor Office Hours Office Hours Location
C 10:00 AM MWF ECEB 2013 Raluca Ilie (rilie@illinois.edu) Tuesday 10:00 AM ECEB 5054
E 1:00 PM MWF ECEB 1015 Lynford L Goddard (lgoddard@illinois.edu) Thursday 10:00 AM MNTL 2254 and Zoom
X 12:00 PM MWF ECEB 2017 Yang Zhao (yzhaoui@illinois.edu) Monday 11:00 AM Zoom


Teaching Assistants:

Chi Zhang (czhng110@illinois.edu) - Office Hours: Mon 2:00pm - 3:00pm (ECEB 4036) and Tue 12:00pm - 1:00pm (ECEB 4036) 

Laura Heller (lheller4@illinois.edu) - Office Hours: Mon 3:00pm - 4:00pm (ECEB 4036) and Fri 3:00pm - 4:00pm (ECEB 4036) 

Shuen Wu (shuenwu2@illinois.edu) - Office Hours: Tue 2:00pm - 4:00pm (ECEB 2036)

Gayatri Chandran (gpc4@illinois.edu) - Office Hours: Mon 4:00pm - 5:00pm (ECEB 4036) and Fri 2:00pm - 3:00pm (ECEB 4036)

Derek Chaw (drchaw2@illinois.edu) - Office Hours: Tue 10:00am - 12:00pm (ECEB 3036)

Tutorial Session: Thu 5:00pm - 7:00pm (ECEB 3013)

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Lecture Notes (~Textbook): ECE 329 Lecture Slides - Lynford L. Goddard and Brian T. Cunningham           ECE 329 Lecture Notes on Fields & Waves - Erhan Kudeki, 2022

If you would like a printed paperback book copy of Goddard´s notes (used in sections X/E), you can purchase a copy for $5 via cash or PayPal on Monday, 8/22 from 9:30-11:30 at Prof. Goddard´s MNTL 2254 office. If needed, you can email him at lgoddard@illinois.edu to arrange an alternate purchase time.

Course Outline: Specified in Course Calendar

Supplementary Text (not required): Fundamentals of Electromagnetics - N. N. Rao, 2009.         Electromagnetics and Applications - D. H. Staelin, 2011

Homework: There will be HW assignments each week with Tuesday due dates. HW's will be assigned on Canvas and Gradescope and the solutions will be posted after the due date. Completed HW's must be submitted electronically as a pdf file on Gradescope by 11:59 PM on the due dates. Late submissions will not be accepted.  The lowest homework scores will be dropped from the final homework grade.

To register ECE329 on Gradescope, use the entry code:DJWB7W

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Exams: Three midsemester exams (in the evening) and one final exam are scheduled as follows:

Exam Formula Sheet: Mid 1 Formula Sheet

Exam I:

Wednesday- 5:15pm-6:30pm, September 20, 2023.

Section C: ECEB 1013.

Section X: ECEB 1015.

Section E(Last names starting from A-M): ECEB 2013.

Section E(Last names starting from N-Z): ECEB 2015.

Conflicts: Thursday- 5:15pm-6:30pm, September 21, 2023. ECEB 2017.

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Exam II:

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Exam III:

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Final Exam:

Wednesday, December 13, 2023


Class Forum: Class Forum will be held on Canvas and Campuswire where students can upload their questions regarding the course materials.


Grading Policy:

Class Participation 5% of total
Homework 15% of total
Midterm Exams (x3) 60% of total
Final Exam 20% of total


Class Participation:

Regular attendance and participation in class activities are essential for your success in ECE 329.


Syllabus Statement: Please review course expectations and academic policies at Syllabus Statement


Learning how to learn: ECE 329 builds students understanding of electromagnetic fields and waves through a mixture of conceptual, mathematical, and graphical methods. Students need to know the course goals and instructional objectives (see the bottom of https://ece.illinois.edu/academics/courses/ece329) and know how to learn: Learning how to learn and Learning_To_Learn_PPRRR.


Mathematica usage(Optional): You will find in the Course Calendar a link to a Mathematica notebook each week. These notebooks will not be utilized in this class but they can be a resource for interested students who wish to experiment with numerical applications extending examples illustrated in the class notes. No prior experience with Mathematica is required. Watching the following videos prior to starting your first Mathematica computation will be useful: Notebooks Methods to Get Started Basic Calculations Basic Graphics Making Interactive Models

All engineering students can download Mathematica from Webstore and install it on their laptops. Mathematica is also available on EWS machines that can be found at multiple locations in engineering buildings.


Supplementary Course Material:

Spring 2021 Video Lectures by L GoddardSpring 2016 Lecture Notes by A Flifletreview of vector calculus list of vector identities TEM wave propagation movies time-domain TL waves AARL Smith Chart Supp Smith Chart Smith Chart Examples Smith Chart Annotated Smith Chart Tool Impedance Matching Summer 2016 Video Lectures by E Kudeki - Mathematica SectionMMA Notebook Solutions