6.013 Electromagnetics and Applications

Fall 2002

Illustration of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Illustration of the electromagnetic spectrum. (Image courtesy of NASA Langley Research Center's Web site.)

Course Highlights

This course has virtually all of its materials online, including a full set of lecture notes and movies and demos, in addition to quizzes and other materials used by students in the course. The materials are largely based on the course textbook, Electromagnetic Waves, co-written by Professor David Staelin (see the publisher's page for more information).

Course Description

This course explores electromagnetic phenomena in modern applications, including wireless communications, circuits, computer interconnects and peripherals, optical fiber links and components, microwave communications and radar, antennas, sensors, micro-electromechanical systems, motors, and power generation and transmission. Fundamentals covered include: quasistatic and dynamic solutions to Maxwell's equations; waves, radiation, and diffraction; coupling to media and structures; guided and unguided waves; resonance; and forces, power, and energy.

The instructors of this course extend a general acknowledgment to the many students and instructors who have made major contributions to the 6.013 course materials over the years, and apologize for any residual errors that may remain in these written materials.

Technical Requirements

MATLAB® software is required to run the .m files found on this course site.
Media player software, such as Quicktime PlayerRealOne Player, or Windows Media Player, is required to run the .mpeg files found on this course site.

MATLAB® is a trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. David Staelin

Prof. Erich Ippen
Prof. Jin Au Kong
Prof. James Melcher
Prof. Markus Zahn

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session