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ECE 329: Fields and Waves I



Section Time Room Instructor Office HW Box Mathematica Section?
X 12:00 PM 2017 ECEB Wei He (weihe16@illinois.edu) 3058 ECEB Box 38 NO
E 1:00 PM 2017 ECEB Lynford Goddard (lgoddard@illinois.edu) 2254 MNTL Box 39 NO
F 2:00 PM 2017 ECEB Raluca Ilie (rilie@illinois.edu) 5054 ECEB Box 40 YES


Course Outline: Specified in Course Calendar



Pratik Joshi (Head TA, ppjoshi2@illinois.edu

Shuo Liu (Head HW TA, shuoliu3@illinois.edu, Please direct all HW related questions)

Yanan Liu (yliu258@illinois.edu)

Wyatt McAllister (wmcalli2@illinois.edu)


Mathematica TA:

Yuan Cheng (ycheng35@illinois.edu)



Erhan Kudeki (erhan@illinois.edu)



Instructors and TAs have scheduled office hours listed in the table below, and are also available by appointment. You can attend any of the office hours regardless of the section that you are registered for. For TAs, office hours are held in the rooms noted in the table. Instructor office hours are held in their respective office.









Yanan Liu

3020 ECEB



Raluca Ilie

5054 ECEB

Lynford Goddard

2254 MNTL

Wei He

3058 ECEB


Yanan Liu

3020 ECEB










Shuo Liu

2017 ECEB



Pratik Joshi

3020 ECEB


Shuo Liu

2017 ECEB


Wyatt McAllister

3017 ECEB**

Yuan Cheng

(only Mathematica HW)

3017 ECEB

Pratik Joshi

3020 ECEB




Wyatt McAllister

3017 ECEB**

Yuan Cheng

(only Mathematica HW)

3017 ECEB








Tutorial session

2017 ECEB


** The Wednesday office hours for February 28 and April 11 would be held in room ECEB 4070 from 4:30-6:30 pm. A classmail would be sent to notify about this change of TA office hours on these two days.


Lectures: Each instructor's lectures will be slightly different, but should cover the same basic material. The lecture notes that are posted below (on the course calendar) give an excellent overview of the material to be covered in that day's lecture. We encourage you to attend the lecture you are enrolled in. If you discover a lecture better suited for your schedule or the way you learn, we strongly encourage you to switch into that lecture, if possible.

The Mathematica Section: One of the ECE 329 sections will be taught using a Mathematica based approach introduced in Fall 2015 by Prof. D. Wasserman and further developed in Summer 2016 by Prof. E. Kudeki. This special section is explicitly marked in the above table. In addition to the regular homeworks, students in the Mathematica section will be required to submit weekly Mathematica homeworks that will count for 15% of the final grade (whereas the same 15% will come from three hour exams for students in non-Mathematica sections --- see the section on Grading Policy below).

Students should be aware of this difference between the Mathematica and non-Mathematica sections and enroll in a section that reflects their preferences regarding the grading policy.

The weekly Mathematica assignments will be posted on the Course Calendar as links to a collection of Mathematica notebooks. The notebooks from the calendar will be partially evaluated during class in the Mathematica sections and are to be completed after class and submitted via my.ece on the following Fridays at 1:00 p.m. No prior experience with Mathematica will be required from students chosing to take the Mathematica based sections. The focus will be on using basic Mathematica techniques for understanding/illustrating E&M, as opposed to using E&M to teach Mathematica. If you are new to Mathematica watch the following videos prior to starting your first Mathematica assignment: 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 the students taking the Mathematica sections should download and install the Citrix Receiver software on their mobile devices (laptop or tablet) from Citrix Download or Citrix Download for Linux and bring the device to class on days with Mathematica exercises as indicated by the Course Calendar. The TA Pablo Reyes (pmreyes2@illinois.edu) will be helping you with your Mathematica problems during his office hours and using the ECE329 piazza page. To enroll to ECE329 piazza use the following link : Enroll in piazza.

i>Clickers: All sections will use i>Clickers for recording class participation and for checking student understanding. Details for registering your i>Clicker are posted here. We will practice them during lecture 3 and begin recording attendance with lecture 4.



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

Lecture Notes (~Text Slides): "ECE 329 Lecture Slides", by Lynford Goddard and Brian Cunningham, 2017. Download here Download Supplemental

Lecture Notes (~Notes): "ECE 329 Lecture Notes", by Larry Lee, 2017. Download here




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

Supplementary Course Material: Summer 2012 Audio Lectures by E Kudeki Summer 2015 Video Lectures by E Kudeki Spring 2016 Lecture Notes by A Fliflet review of vector calculus list of vector identities TEM wave propagation movies time-domain TL waves AARL Smith Chart Supp Smith Chart Smith Chart (red) Smith Chart Examples Smith Chart Annotated Smith Chart Tool Smith Chart Basics Impedance Matching Summer 2016 Video Lectures by E Kudeki - Mathematica Section                        



Regular homework will be assigned on-line on this web page and collected on Tuesdays --- completed assignments should be dropped in the ECE 329 HW Drop-Box (#38 for noon, 39 for 1pm, 40 for 2pm) located on the 3rd floor of ECEB across the Undergrad Lounge by Tuesdays 6 PM. Box 37 will be used for exam re-grade requests. No late homework will be accepted (except when special permission is granted by your instructor before the due date). Questions about the HW can be posted to piazza. A TA will answer them within 12 hours. Enroll in piazza

Homework 1          HW1 solution

 Homework 2                    HW2 solution

 Homework 3                    HW3 solution

 Homework 4                    HW4 solution

 Homework_5                    HW5 solution

 Homework_6                    HW6 solution

 Homework_7                    HW7 solution

 Homework_8                    HW8 solution




Mathematica homework will be assigned on-line on this web page on Fridays and would be due the following Friday at 1 pm--- Students are expected to edit and submit every *.nb file using  my.ece, after renaming the file using the following notation: "OriginalFilename_yourLastname_yourFirstname.nb", e.g. MP1_functions_plots_Ilie_Raluca.nb. File name without this notation will not be graded.

No late homework will be accepted (except when special permission is granted by your instructor before the due date). Questions about the HW can be posted to piazza. The Mathematica TA will answer them within 12 hours.

MP1_functions_plots                                           MP1_functions_plots_solution 

MP2_Gauss_Del_Paths                                           MP2_Gauss_Del_Paths_solution 

MP3_Laplace_Eq_Capacitor                                  MP3_Laplace_Eq_Capacitor_solution 

MP_Bonus1                                                              MP_Bonus1_solution

MP4_E_Boundary_Current_Loop                             MP4_E_Boundary_Current_Loop_solution 

MP5_Magnetic_Materials_Solenoid                      MP5_Magnetic_Materials_Solenoid_sol 

MP6_Current_Sheet_Radiator                               MP6_Current_Sheet_Radiator_sol 

MP_Bonus2                                                               MP_Bonus2_sol




Electric fields                  Work 

Electric dipole                  Poisson equation 

Dielectric sphere


Poynting vector



Tutorial 1 handout   Tutorial 1 sol   Tutorial 1 sol Wyatt 

Tutorial 2 handout   Tutorial 2 sol   Tutorial 2 sol Yanan                      

Tutorial 3 handout   Tutorial 3 sol   Tutorial 3 sol Wyatt

Tutorial 4 handout   Tutorial 4 sol  

Tutorial 5 handout   Tutorial 5 sol   Tutorial 5 sol Yanan                     

Tutorial 6 questions and solutions

Tutorial 7 questions and solutions             







Three midsemester exams (outside of class) and the final exam are scheduled below. The room assignments for the midterms will be ECEB 1002 for sections E=1pm and F=2pm and ECEB 1015 for section X=noon. The room assignments for the final are TBD (usually decided in March).

Exam I:

Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 7:15-8:30 PM - Sum11 Exam 1 soln Sum12 Exam 1 soln 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  Spring 15 Exam 1 Sp15 Exam 1 soln  Sum15 Exam 1 soln  Fall 15 Exam 1 Fall15 Exam 1 soln  Sp16 Exam 1 soln Sum16 Exam 1 soln Fall 16 Exam 1 soln Spring 17 Exam 1  Spring 17 Exam 1 soln Spring 18 Exam 1 soln

Exam II:

Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 7:15-8:30 PM - Sum11 Exam 2 soln Sum12 Exam 2 soln 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 Spring 15 Exam 2 Sp15 Exam 2 soln  Sum15 Exam 2 soln  Fall 15 Exam 2 Fall15 Exam 2 soln  Sp16 Exam 2 soln Sum16 Exam 2 soln Fall16 Exam 2 soln  Sp17 Exam 2 Sp17 Exam 2 soln

Exam III:

Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 7:15-8:30 PM - Sum11 Exam 3 soln Sum12 Exam 3 soln Fall12 Exam 3 soln  Sp13 Exam 3 soln  Sum13 Exam 3 soln  Fall13 Exam 3 soln  Sp14 Exam 3 soln  Sum14 Exam 3 soln Fall14 Exam 3 soln  Spring 15 Exam 3 Sp15 Exam 3 soln  Sum15 Exam 3 soln  Fall 15 Exam 3 Fall15 Exam 3 soln  Sp16 Exam 3 soln Sum16 Exam 3 soln Fall 16 Exam 3 soln Sp17 Exam 3 Sp17 Exam 3 soln

Final Exam:

Thu, May 10, 2018, 8:00-11:00 AM - Spring 11 Final  Spring 11 Final soln Fall13 Final soln Fall13 "Answers"  Summer14 Final  Summer14 Final soln  Goddard Review of 329  329 Review Handout



Three midsemester conflict exams and the conflict final exam are scheduled below. The room assignments for the conflict exams would be notified to the students who are approved for conflict by the instructors. Please email Prof. Lynford Goddard to request the conflict exam.

Conflict Exam I:

Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 5:40-6:55 PM 

Conflict Exam II:

Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 5:40-6:55 PM 

Conflict Exam III:

Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 5:40-6:55 PM 

Conflict Final:

Thu, May 10, 2018, 1:30-4:30 PM 



For regular sections:
Homework and Class Participation 15% of total
Midterm Exams (x3) 60% of total
Final Exam 25% of total


For Mathematica sections:
Homework and Class Participation 15% of total
Mathematica Homeworks 15% of total
Midterm Exams (x3) 45% of total
Final Exam 25% of total