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Fundamentals of Engineering

Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
Sedki M Riad

Why Study EM Fields?

EM are pivotal to all aspects of Electrical Engineering. Maxwell’s equations provide the foundation for the topics of cifieldsrcuit theory, electronics, communications, power generation and transmission, microwaves and antennas, just to name a few application areas.

Additional skills gained by studying EM fields as an undergraduate:

Design Competence Skills:

Studying electromagnetic fields is about gaining the skill and acquiring the tools that enables the engineer to relate to the physics of electrical charge distributions and currents and their interaction with different materials. In other words, this study is all about developing the appreciation to the properties and limitations of the elements and components we use in electrical and electronic devices.

Problem Solving Skills:

Studying EM fields has the potential of arming the learner with “problem solving” skills. This a fringe benefit that comes naturally with the topic, far beyond what comes through from other courses in his/her curricula. This is manifested in the ability to take a physical problem through the steps of deriving a physically based model for which a mathematical model is then developed. Next, we do the math analysis and obtain results for which we find relevant physical explanations and applications.


Fundamentals of Engineering
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves


To The Creator whose bounties are far beyond numeration and accounting! 
I choose to highlight some of His special bounties in my life:

  • the love to learn and educate
  • the perseverance to sustain hardships and prevail
  • the persistence to strive for perfection and pay attention to detail
  • the life full of challenges and fulfillment – truly satisfying and truly rewarding

To my family
To my special Heba
To my colleagues, students, and professors

Sedki Riad
November 2013 – November 2017