2020 Electricity and Magnetism I

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Kodera Tetsuo  Hirokawa Jiro 
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Mon5-6(S221)  Thr5-6(S221)  
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Course description and aims

Starting with vector calculus, this Electricity and Magnetism I course focuses on equations related to electrostatic fields and their solutions. Electromagnetism is the basis for all fields related to electricity, such as circuits, devices, communications, and electrical power. This means electromagnetism is the basis for applications over a wide range in today's industries and daily life. This course facilitates students' understanding of formulas using vector calculus and the equations of electrostatic fields based on them, along with electric field distribution and electric field energy of systems including conductors and dielectric materials. Students will gain the ability to solve unfamiliar cases related to electromagnetism by applying techniques acquired through this course.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Express the formulas using vector calculus, including the Gauss's theorem.
2) Solve the equation of electrostatic field using the formulas
3) Express the electric field distribution and electric field energy of the system including conductor and dielectric materials.
4) Apply knowledge acquired through this course to solve problems.

Corresponding educational goals are:
(1) Specialist skills Fundamental specialist skills
(6) Firm fundamental specialist skills on electrical and electronic engineering, including areas such as electromagnetism, circuits, linear systems, and applied mathematics


vector calculus, ,Gauss's theorem, Strokes' theorem, electrostatic field, Laplace's equation, Poisson's equation, conductor, dielectric material, electric field energy, current

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
・Fundamental specialist skills on EEE

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, solutions to exercise problems assigned during the previous class are reviewed. Towards the end of a class or after it, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve. Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Scalar product and vector product, line integral Understand and solve the exercises of scalar product, vector product and line integral.
Class 2 Surface integral, solid angle Understand and solve the exercises of surface integral and solid angle.
Class 3 Gradient, divergence, Gauss's theorem Understand and solve the exercises of gradient, divergence and Gauss's theorem.
Class 4 Rotation (Curl), Strokes' theorem Understand and solve the exercises of rotation (curl) and Strokes' theorem.
Class 5 Report 1(to evaluate understanding level), Coulomb's law, electric field distribution, Gauss's law Evaluate understanding level on Class 1-4. Understand and solve the exercises of Coulomb's law, electric field distribution and Gauss's law.
Class 6 Electric potential distribution Understand and solve the exercises of electric potential distribution.
Class 7 Conductor and electric field, Laplace's equation, Poisson's equation Understand and solve the exercises of conductor and electric field, Laplace's equation and Poisson's equation.
Class 8 Report 2(to evaluate understanding level), Solution of electrostatic field (Laplace's equation, Poisson's equation, boundary condition, uniqueness of solutions) Evaluate understanding level on Class 5-8. Understand and solve the exercises of electrostatic field (Laplace's and Poisson's equations).
Class 9 Solution of electrostatic field (method of images, numerical analysis) Understand and solve the exercises of method of images, numerical analysis. covered, and evaluate one’s own progress.
Class 10 Conductors, potential coefficient, capacity coefficient Understand and solve the exercises of conductors, potential coefficient and capacity coefficient.
Class 11 Report 3(to evaluate understanding level), Capacitance Evaluate understanding level on Class 9-11. Understand and solve the exercises of capacitance.
Class 12 Dielectric and polarization, electric flux density, basic equations Understand and solve the exercises of dielectric and polarization, electric flux density and basic equations.
Class 13 Electric field energy and forces, principle of virtual work Understand and solve the exercises of electric field energy and forces and principle of virtual work.
Class 14 Review, Report 4(to evaluate understanding level) Review, understand and solve the exercises of all the contents. Evaluate understanding level on Class 12-14. Given problems, solve them and submit during the class.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Content of lecture will be uploaded to OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Masahiro Asada and Takuichi Hirano, "Electromagnetism", Tokyo: Baifukan; ISBN-13: 978-4563069810. (Japanese), Yasuharu Suematsu, "Electromagnetism", Tokyo: Kyoritsu-shuppan; ISBN-13: 978-4320084179. (Japanese)
Makoto Katsurai, "Fundamental electromagnetism for science and engineering" Tokyo: Ohmsha; ISBN-13: 978-4274132186. (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of the vector calculus, the equations of electrostatic field, the electric field distribution and electric field energy of the system including conductor and dielectric materials, and their ability to apply them to solve problems. Students' course scores are based on reports (to evaluate understanding level) at 4 times (about 70%) and homework (about 30%).

Related courses

  • EEE.E202 : Electricity and Magnetism II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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