Electromagnetism for Engineering Technology

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As the wireless revolution is maturing in its technological life cycle, the principles and concepts of electromagnetism (EM) have once again become a curriculum necessity rather than a curriculum novelty. The theory of EM continues as a core course in electrical engineering curricula and covers all the fundamental electromagnetic theory that is needed in later engineering courses. In engineering curricula, the EM course is supported by math courses in calculus and vector analysis and at least one engineering physics course in electromagnetic principles. In contrast, electronic engineering technology (EET) curricula tend to shy away from the fundamental EM concepts, choosing instead to offer courses in specific application areas of EM such as transmission lines, antennas, and/or RF electronics. The only EM preparation for EET students is basic calculus and an introductory physics course in basic electric and magnetic fields theory (typically algebra based). The dilemma facing EET curricula is providing a course that emphasizes EM principles with many practical examples within the structurally-mandated environment (state, institutional, and accrediting agencies) that most EET programs exist.