Spring 2016

ECE 329: Fields and Waves I


Course Director: Erhan Kudeki, 2080 ECEB

Course Coordinator: Xu Chen, 5038 ECEB


Section Time Room Instructor Office Hours Office HW Box
B 11:00 AM 2017 ECEB Peter Dragic (p-dragic@illinois.edu) Thu. 12 PM - 1 PM and by appointment 5034 ECEB Box 29
X 12:00 PM 2017 ECEB Arne Fliflet (afliflet@illinois.edu) Thu. 11 AM - 12 PM and by appointment 3056 ECEB Box 30
E 1:00 PM 2017 ECEB Xu Chen (xuchen1@illinois.edu) Thu. 10 AM - 11 AM and by appointment 5034 ECEB Box 31
F 2:00 PM 2017 ECEB Wei He (weihe16@illinois.edu) Wed. 3 PM - 4 PM and by appointment 5034 ECEB Box 32


Lecture Notes (Textbook): "ECE 329 Lecture Notes on Fields & Waves", by Erhan Kudeki, 2016. Download here

Course Outline: Specified in Course Calendar

Supplementary (not required) Text: "Electromagnetics and Applications", by David H. Staelin, 2011. Download here


Lectures: You can attend any lecture or even attend multiple lectures during the day. We encourage you to attend the section you are enrolled in. If you discover a section better suited for your schedule or the way you learn, we strongly encourage you to switch into this section, if possible. Each instructor's lectures will be slightly different, but each section will cover the same basic material during the semester.

i>clicker Quiz: Instructors will take attendance using i>clickers starting in Lecture 4. You can use the original i>clicker, i>clicker plus, or i>clicker 2. Unfortunately, we cannot support i>clicker Go because of potential wireless connection issues. Please register your i>clicker by Monday, January 25 by logging into Compass 2g and selecting i>clicker Registration from the tab on the left. It is your responsibility to bring your i>clicker to each class and for it to have working batteries. No credit will be given for missed attendance. However, you can miss up to 5 classes and still receive the full 1% participation. You can attend any lecture section for attendance credit that day. Each absence above 5 will reduce your i>clicker score by 10% of the 1%, i.e. 0.1% for your total grade. Over 15 absences results in a 0% i>clicker score. The attendance scores will be posted to Compass 2g about once per week.

Class Participation: Students are encouraged to actively engage in lectures and discussions. For students who clearly demonstrate attention and interest during lectures, and consistently participate actively during lecture discussions, the instructors may elect to give a 1% bonus at the end of the semester. Please note that although the opportunity to earn this extra credit is available to everyone who attend class regularly, it will only be given to a few students.


TA's Office Hours Office
Sartaj Grewal (grewal2@illinois.edu, Homework, Head TA) Mon. 3 PM - 5 PM & Tue. 11 AM - 1 PM 5034 ECEB
Thong Nguyen (tnnguye3@illinois.edu, Gradebook) Tue. 9 AM - 11 AM & 3 PM - 5 PM 5034 ECEB
Yanan Liu (yliu258@illinois.edu, Webmaster) Tue. 1 PM - 3 PM 5034 ECEB


Office Hours: Instructors have scheduled office hours listed in the table on top of the page, and are also available by appointment. The TA's will have office hours Mondays 3PM-5PM and Tuesdays 9AM-5PM to help you with your homework. You can attend any of the office hours regardless of the section that you are registered for. Faculty and TA Office Hours are at 5034 ECEB unless otherwise noted.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-10   Thong Nguyen      
10-11     Xu Chen  
11-12 B Sartaj Grewal B Arne Fliflet (3056 ECEB) B
12-1 X X Peter Dragic X
1-2 E E   E
2-3 F F   F
3-4 Sartaj Grewal Thong Nguyen Wei He    
7-8     Tutorial Session (2017 ECEB)    


Problem Solving Sessions: In addition to conventional office hours, there will be a one hour problem solving session held each Wednesday (of non-exam weeks) from 7 PM - 8 PM in ECEB 2017. This problem solving session will help you learn how to approach, understand, and solve homework and exam problems. It will be more structured than the other office hours. If you have specific homework or lecture-related problems, those should be addressed in the regular office hours.

Online Homework Help: We have a Piazza space where you can post HW questions. Alternatively, you can also e-mail Yanan Liu (yliu285@illinois.edu).

Exam Review Q&A: On exam weeks, the TA's will hold extra office hours on Wednesdays, 7 PM - 9 PM in 2017 ECEB. The format will be Q&A. Lectures will also be cancelled on Wednesdays of exam weeks, and the instructors will hold optional review sessions during class hours in your regular classroom (2017 ECEB). No i>clicker attendance will be taken.


Supplementary Course Material:

Spring 2016 Lecture Notes by A Fliflet Summer 2012 Audio Lectures by E Kudeki  Summer 2015 Video Lectures by E Kudeki  Spring 2015 Lecture Notes by L Goddard  

review of vector calculus list of vector identities TEM wave propagation movies time-domain TL waves Smith Chart Tool AARL Smith Chart Supp Smith chart Smith Chart Examples Impedance Matching


Homework: Homeworks will be due at 5pm on Tuesdays. Graded homeworks will be returned to you in class on the Wednesday of the week after they were turned in. Homework solutions will be posted on the course website immediately after they are due. There will be NO late homeworks! If a homework is not turned in by 5pm on Tuesday afternoon, it receives a 0.

Each Section has its own homework box. Homework boxes are located on the 3rd floor of ECEB, near the northeast staircases. The boxes will be labeled with the section numbers and instructor names. You can also see the top of this web page to find your section's dropbox.

Homeworks will typically be anywhere from 5-10 problems. Each homework is only worth about 1% of your final grade, so the real benefit from the homeworks does not come from the score you receive on them, but what you learn as you solve the problems. Some homeworks will have a bonus problem. This problem is usually more challenging than the other homework problems, and skipping the bonus problem will not cost you any points. However, the bonus problems, if completed, can bring your total homework percentage up to (but not above) 100%.

If you have an excused absence from turning in the homework, you will require an excuse letter from the Dean of Students. Generally we consider an excused absence to be an illness, death in the family, or travel for a conference, to receive an award, etc. It is the job of your instructor to determine whether a missed homework is excused.  If the instructor determines that the homework can be excused, then the homework will be dropped from your grade. Because this will require some coordination at the end of the semester, please keep the course coordinator (Xu Chen, xuchen1@illinois.edu) in the loop when a homework is excused. 

The assignments and their solutions will be posted below in pdf format (if you are having font error issues, please update your Acrobat Reader).

Homework 1 soln 1 Homework 2 soln 2 Homework 3 soln 3 Homework 4 soln 4 Homework 5 soln 5 Homework 6 soln 6 Homework 7 soln 7 Homework 8 soln 8 Homework 9 soln 9 Homework 10 soln 10 Homework 11 soln 11 Homework 12 soln 12 Homework 13 soln 13 Homework 14


Exams: Three midsemester exams (7 PM) and the final exam are scheduled as follows:

Exam I: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Fall12 Exam 1 soln Sp13 Exam 1 soln Sum13 Exam 1 soln Fall13 Exam 1 soln *Suppl to Fall13 Exam 1 P6* Sp14 Exam 1 soln Sum14 Exam 1 soln Fall14 Exam 1 soln Sp15 Exam 1 soln Sum15 Exam 1 soln Fall15 Exam 1 soln Sp16 Exam 1 soln
Exam II: Thursday, March 17, 2016 - Fall12 Exam 2 soln Sp13 Exam 2 soln Sum13 Exam 2 soln Fall13 Exam 2 soln Sp14 Exam 2 soln Sum14 Exam 2 soln Fall14 Exam 2 soln Sp15 Exam 2 soln Sum15 Exam 2 soln Fall15 Exam 2 soln Sp16 Exam 2 soln
Exam III: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Fall12 Exam 3 soln Sp13 Exam 3 soln Sum13 Exam 3 soln Fall13 Exam 3 soln Sp14 Exam 3 soln Sum14 Exam 3 solnFall14 Exam 3 soln Sp15 Exam 3 soln Sum15 Exam 3 soln Fall15 Exam 3 soln
Final Exam: Friday, May 6, 2016, 7 PM-10 PM - Conflict Signup - Fall11 Final soln Fall13 Final solnFall13 "Answers" Summer14 Final Summer14 Final soln


Final Exam is going to be on Friday, 5/6, 7:00-10:00 pm. The exam will be in 1002 ECEB (Grainger Auditorium) for all sections. Please report to the exam site by 6:45 pm with your iCard for check-in.

The exam is closed-book and closed-notes except that you will be allowed a total of (2) 3" x 5" double-sided card of notes. The note cards must be handwritten (no typing/photocopying) and they must not be larger than 3" x 5". Blank cards will be distributed during class.

You will only be allowed 2 note cards total, i.e. NOT two new ones plus your old ones.

No calculators are allowed. You should bring a compass, a ruler, and a protractor for Smith Chart problems.

The exam will be comprehensive and covers material covered in all lectures and all homeworks.

Please review UIUC Student Code Article 3, Part 2 to determine whether you are eligible for the conflict exam. The relevant rules are attached below. The conflict final will be on Monday, 5/9, 8:00-11:00 am in 2015 ECEB. If you are eligible, please sign up at Conflict Signup by 11:59 pm on Monday, 5/2. The form will close after the deadline.


Gradebook: Compass 2G

Grading Policy:

i>clicker Quiz 1% of total
Homework (x14) 14% of total
Midterm Exams (x3) 60% of total
Final Exam 25% of total
Class Participation (Bonus) 1% of total