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Unit information: Fields and Devices in 2015/16

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Unit name Fields and Devices
Unit code EENG15600
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Railton
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

EMAT10100 or EMAT10004

School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

This unit provides a physical foundation in the principles of electricity and magnetism with emphasis on their applications. The aim is to provide an understanding of the physical principles underlying the behaviour of circuit components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, and microelectronic devices. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, dielectric and magnetic materials, electromagnetic induction, and an introduction to semiconductor theory.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, students will have a knowledge of fundamental rules of electromagnetism including, Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law, Ampere's Law, Biot Savart's Law and Faraday's Law. They will understand the physical significance of these laws and be able to apply them to problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetic induction. They will understand the behaviour of dielectric and magnetic materials in the presence of electric and magnetic fields and they will understand the basics of the underlying microscopic processes. They will have a basic knowledge of applications such as the cyclotron and mass spectrometer. They will understand and be able to make predictive calculations on magnetic circuits and transformers. Students will have a physical understanding of simple circuit components and their operation. Students will be able to perform predictions of the operating performance of simple device configurations.

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recall fundamental rules such as Coulomb's Law, Gauss' Law, Ampere's Law, Biot Savart's Law and Faraday's Law.
  2. Apply the laws to physical-world problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetic induction.
  3. Explain the behaviour of dielectric and magnetic materials in the presence of electric and magnetic fields in terms of of the underlying microscopic processes.
  4. Describe in basic terms applications such as the cyclotron and mass spectrometer.
  5. Make predictive calculations on magnetic circuits and transformers.
  6. Describe in physical terms simple semiconductor circuit components and their operation.
  7. Predict the operating performance of simple device configurations.

Teaching details

Lectures and Laboratory classes

Assessment Details

Technical note on Electrostatics laboratory, 10% (ILOs 1, 2, 3)

Technical note on Electromagnetics Laboratory, 10% (ILOs 1, 2, 5)

Exam, 2 hours, 80% (All ILOs)

Reading and References

Electromagnetism, 2nd Ed, 1990 Grant,I. ISBN:471927120

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