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It appeared to me that the bonus point totals were not added into your grades. Therefore, I moved all borderlines down two points. The grades listed above already have the 2 point adjustment. I'll probably try to post final grades by alias on Friday (not sure if it will show up on the web, though).
General | Assignments | Grading | Schedule
COURSE MEETINGS: Lecture: MWF 9-10 in Sage 3510 Recitation: Fridays 10-12, 1-3, and 3-5 in JEC 5119 No recitation during a week with a quiz. Quizzes: Quizzes 1 to 3 will be on Fridays 8-9:50 AM in DCC 318 (February 14, March 21, April 18) Quiz 4 will be during finals week. It only covers material from the last section of the course.
STAFF: Faculty: Thomas P. Crowley JEC 6004, x6087, crowlt@rpi.edu office hours: Mon 3:30-5, Wed 10-11:30 Teaching Assistants: Yu Huang huangy6@rpi.edu office hours: JEC 6219 Thur 4-6 Chris Scoville scovic2@rpi.edu office hours: JEC 6219 Wed 6-8 Kerim Kalafala kalafk@rpi.edu office hours (weeks of quizzes only) JEC 6012 Wed 2-4 Secretary Audrey Hayner JEC 6009, x6019, audrey@ecse.rpi.edu
KEY DATES (Tentative) February 14 Quiz 1 March 7 Design problem 1 due March 21 Quiz 2 April 18 Quiz 3 April 30 Design problem 2 due Finals week Quiz 4
GRADING SUMMARY 4 Quizzes (100 points each) 400 points 8 Best (of 10) homeworks (20 points each) 160 points Design Problems (50 points each) 100 points No Final TOTAL 660 points
HOMEWORK & RECITATIONS
PRE-REQUISITES 78.120 Physics II 78.130 Physics III 65.240 Introduction to Differential Equations 35.201 Circuit Analysis Advanced Calculus (65.405)is not a pre-requisite, but it sure helps if you have taken it.
TEXT REQUIRED David K. Cheng, "Field and Wave Electromagnetics", 2nd edition Available in the bookstore OPTIONAL K.A. Connor and S. Salon - Notes Available from Audrey Hayner (JEC 6012) - $10/copy
QUIZZES:
HOMEWORK:
DESIGN PROBLEMS
PRACTICE PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 2: 1, 19, 23a, 32, 34 (also 2, 20, 24, 26, 29 for extra math practice) CHAPTER 3: 6, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 28, 29, 31, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48 CHAPTER 4: 2, 5, 7, 10, 13 CHAPTER 5: 3 CHAPTER 6: 3, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 32, 35, 36, 38, 42 CHAPTER 7: 2, 7, 10 CHAPTER 8: 5, 12, 16, 29, 30, 33, 37, 40, 43, 44 CHAPTER 9: 8, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32
POINT SUMMARY: 4 Quizzes (100 points each) 400 points 8 Best Homeworks (20 points each) 160 points Design Problems (50 points each) 100 points TOTAL 660 points
REGRADE REQUESTS:
GRADING POLICIES:
One of the skills we try to teach in this course is the ability to check your answers. As a result, in recitation, we will not usually tell you if an answer is correct, but ask how you checked it. In addition, you can lose extra points for propagating an error through a problem, or for obtaining results that are clearly wrong.
Late homeworks will generally not be accepted since we post solutions shortly after they are due. Points will be subtracted from late design problems.
COLLABORATION
You are encouraged to work with other students on take-home assignments (homeworks, design problems, and take-home portions of quizzes). You can get help from anyone you wish and use any source materials you can find. It is essential that engineers learn to work effectively with their colleagues and not try to do everything themselves. It is recommended that the groups be kept small (2-4 students) to maximize your learning. Simple copying of another's work, while not prohibited, is highly discouraged. It is only by doing problems that you really learn the material. If you don't learn the material, it will show on the in class quiz questions.
Absolutely no collaboration is allowed during in-class quizzes.
SOLUTIONS AND RETURN OF GRADED MATERIALS:
Solutions to all quizzes and homeworks will be placed in the library and posted on the bulletin board located between JEC 6007 and JEC 6009 shortly after the assignment is due. The library also will post the solutions electronically. The solution manual for Cheng's text is on reserve in the library (under Professor Connor).
After grading, your homeworks, design problems, and quizzes will be placed in the mailboxes located near the sixth floor elevator in the JEC.
Class grades will be posted on the bulletin board where we post other course information. Grades will be listed according to alias, rather than real names. Your alias will be given to you with one of the early assignments. If you wish to change your alias, please e-mail Mrs. Hayner.
STUDENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIP
The relationship between student and teacher, like the relationship between any professional colleagues, is built on trust.
The course schedule was included in the first day's handout.
Multiple boundary effects are probably important in a lot of your microwave experiments. Cheng does the 3 region case for normal incidence. The oblique incidence version has got a lot of messy algebra which is why Cheng doesn't do it. I was aware of the effects, but was trying to avoid making the problem too complicated. Its OK to ignore this in your analysis, but as a result, you may get values that don't match the expected value.
Brewster angle experiments are not affected by the multiple boundary effects. Why?
I've written a matlab code that you can use (optional) to include the effects. The code is in ~crowlt/public/oblique_3region.m. It lets you vary one unknown parameter and look at reflection coefficient vs that parameter. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to properly de-bug the code. I have done some checks and it looks OK.
V1 = 5 Volts.
The design documentation required for the report was not intended to be an algorithm for solving the problem. There is a significant amount of circuit analysis required early in the design. A sample algorithm for solving the problem is:
ELECTRONIC RESERVES
Solutions to last fall's problems are at Profs. Connor and Salon's ELECTRONIC RESERVES
BULLETIN BOARD
HANDOUTS
Master Handbook of ELECTRONIC TABLES AND FORMULAS by Martin Clifford -- This is the fifth edition (1992) of a very interesting collection of infor for electrical engineers. There are 25 chapters with such titles as "Filters," "Wire, Cable and Connectors," Analog and Digital Signal Transmission."
The CRC HANDBOOK of CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS -- This comes out in a new edition every year, just like an almanac. It contains a wealth of information on properties of materials, including electrical properties like conductivity of various wire materials, dielectric constansts of insulators, properties of magnetic alloys, etc. Its bigger than most phone books. Since they come out every year, it is possible to purchase last year's edition at a reduced rate.
THE ART OF ELECTRONICS by Horowitz and Hill. This book can be found around here because the Physics majors use it in their electronics course. If you know a Physics major, ask to see the book sometime. It has great info on practical electronics.
Prof. Connor has assembled many links on his Fields and Waves page. The rest of this section reproduces most of that list.
Quite a large number of engineering schools offer courses called Fields and Waves. A partial list includes:
A good introduction to Matlab, for people who have not used it before is available from Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt Matlab Notes
In addition, MathWorks has a homepage that provides a great deal of information on Matlab. MathWorks Homepage
There is a column published in alternative newspapers that some of you may be acquainted with that sometimes addresses issues associated with this course. I have to warn the squeamish that the topics and the language are not limited to scietific or usual academic standards. Howevever, I recommend looking at: The Straight Dope Archive You should be able to identify the old columns that relate to this course or to electrical engineering in general. Also, the Straight Dope is now a cable TV show. Look for it.
Loads of fun for people who like to do a little science at home, some a little on the dangerous side, can be found at a website maintained by Bill Beaty of Seattle: Amateur Scientist. There is also a very good organization, the SOCIETY FOR AMATEUR SCIENTISTS, whose executive director -- Shawn Carlson -- now writes the Amateur Scientist column in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.
Another tutorial from the math dept at Utah: Info on Matlab from Utah
Something to try: In my public directory /home/02/connor/public you will find an m-file that animates the interaction of a wave with a material boundary. Try it the next time you are using Matlab. It shows some very interesting phenomena. It was written by a Fields student who wishes to remain anonymous. (M-file name: forfun.m)
A very useful reference on resistors, capacitors, inductors has been created at Penn State: CEDCC Component Database Server
From time-to-time, I receive announcements of jobs that may be of interest to ECSE students. I will post these in JOBS FOR ECSE STUDENTS . Isn't that a clever title for this website?