2019 Fundamentals of Electrical Science and Engineering

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kitamoto Yoshitaka  Majima Yutaka 
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Tue1-2(S011)  Fri1-2(S011)  
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Course description and aims

Students in Department of Materials Science and Engineering will understand fundamentals of electromagnetism and electric and electronic circuits to study related materials. This course facilitates students' understanding of electric and electronic materials such as dielectric and magnetic materials as well as electrochemical devices such as batteries and sensors.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) understand electromagnetism, and electric and electronic circuits as a fundamental physics, and acquire how to calculate and solve the related problems,
2) explain physical phenomena related to electric and magnetic fields, and functions of capacitors and inductors in the concept of electromagnetism.


Electromagnetism, electric and electronic circuit, capacitor, inductor

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Every class has a topic. Every class contains not only a lecture but also an exercise.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Coulomb's law, electric field, electric field distribution Understand the fundamental electromagnetism of Coulomb's law, electric field, and electric field. distribution.
Class 2 Gauss's law, electrostatic field, electric potential Understand Gauss's law which gives the distribution of electric charge to the electrostatic field.
Class 3 Electric conductor, Laplace and Poisson equations, boundary condition Understand Laplace and Poisson equations on electric conductor, and solve them by introducing boundary conditions.
Class 4 Dielectrics and electrostatic field Understand dielectrics and electrostatic field in it.
Class 5 Electrostatic energy and electrostatic force Understand electrostatic energy and electrostatic force applied to a charge.
Class 6 Static magnetic field, Ampere's rule, Biot-Savart law Understand the static magnetic field by a steady current, Ampere's rule, and Biot-Savart law.
Class 7 Time-varying field, electromagnetic induction, displacement current Understand two time-varying fields of electromagnetic induction and displacement current.
Class 8 Electromagnetic wave Understand the electromagnetic wave as a self-propagating transverse oscillating wave of magnetic and electric fields.
Class 9 Direct current (DC) circuit, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's law Understand fundamentals of direcrect current (DC) circuit through learning Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's law.
Class 10 Alternating current (AC) circuit and circuit elements, reactance Understand fundamentals of alternating curret (AC) circuit through learning circuit elements and their reluctance,
Class 11 Calcuration of AC cuicuits (1) Euler's formula, impedance Understand how to calculate AC circuit through learning Euler's formula and electrical impedance of circuits.
Class 12 Calcuration of AC cuicuits (2) analysis of impedance, Bode plot Understand analyises of circuits through frequency response of electrical impedance.
Class 13 Calcuration of AC cuicuits (3) fundamentals of equivalent circuits of electrode reactions and dielectric dispersion Understand fundamentals of eqivalent circuits of electrode reactions and dielectric dipersion through calculations of AC circuits.
Class 14 AC power, resonance Understand dissipated power and electric resonance in AC cirsuits.
Class 15 Semiconductor, transistor and amplifier circuit Understand fuctions of DC-DC converters using electronic devices such as transistors, inductors, and capacitors.


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on the quality of final examination (70%) and exercise problems (30%).

Related courses

  • MAT.A203 : Quantum Mechanics of Materials
  • MAT.A204 : Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MAT.C308 : Continuum Mechanics
  • MAT.P302 : Optics

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

Students are encouraged to complete the related courses.

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