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Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics.

The changing electrical engineering curriculum has resulted in the need for traditional electromagnetics (EM) to be taught to undergraduate students in a one-semester course instead of two. This book is designed to fill that need. The text covers applied EM, which encompasses the study of electric and magnetic phenomena and their engineering applications under both static and dynamic conditions. Primary emphasis is placed on the fundamental properties of time-varying EM fields because of their greater relevance to practical problems in many engineering disciplines. The book concentrates on wave propagation in guided media, such as coaxial transmission lines and optical fibers, wave reflection and transmission, imaging properties of mirrors and lenses, and antenna radiation.

The text begins by bridging the gap between what is already familiar to a third-year electrical engineering student and the required EM material. Chapter 1 reviews complex numbers and phasor analysis and Chapter 2 covers transmission line theory. The next three chapters cover vector analysis, electrostatics and magnetostatics. The chapter on electrostatics encompasses Maxwell's equations for the time-varying case, which are then specialized to electrostatics and magnetostatics.

Chapter 6 deals with time-varying fields, leading into plane-wave propagation in dielectric and conducting media, which is discussed in Chapter 7. Chapter 8 details reflection and transmission at discontinuous boundaries and discusses fiber optics and the imaging properties of mirrors and lenses. Chapter 9 introduces the principle of radiation by currents flowing in wires, such as dipoles, as well as radiation by apertures, such as in a horn antenna or an opening in an opaque screen illuminated by a light source. In Chapter 10, the book concludes with current applications in EM by presenting two system examples: satellite communication systems and radar sensors.

This text avoids lengthy derivations of theorems and concentrates on developing the student's competence in applying vector calculus to solve EM problems of practical interest. The book is the basis for an interesting and efficient EM course that should provide a solid foundation for the student to build on.

To order this book, contact: Prentice Hall, PO Box 11073, Des Moines, IA 50336 (800) 947-7700.

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Author:Bashore, Frank
Publication:Microwave Journal
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1998
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