TFE4130 - Electromagnetic and Acoustic Waves


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours G

Course content

Mathematical treatment of electromagnetic and acoustic waves. Telegraph equations. Characteristic impedance. Reflection and transmission coefficients. Waves with harmonic variation. Dispersion, phase and group velocity. Electromagnetic and acoustic waves in free space. Planar, cylindrical and spherical waves. Field equations in waveguides. TEM, TE and TM waves. Antennas.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate has - good knowledge of Maxwell's equations - good knowledge of wave propagation in transmission and waveguides - good understanding of time-varying scales and vector fields, as well as a basic understanding of linear wave propagation - general knowledge of the physics of radiation - good knowledge of basic equations for acoustic wave propagation Skills: The candidate can - apply Maxwell's equations to many relevant geometries and materials - combine previously acquired knowledge and skills in mathematics and physics with new theory to solve practical issues within wave propagation - derive and apply basic equations for acoustic wave propagation - describe fields from basic antenna structures - use data tools (Matlab) for visualization of waves and vector fields in free space and waveguides. General knowledge: The candidate can - work individually to solve problems (e.g. tutorials) - use the mathematical tools developed in the course on other types of fields and waves in engineering and physics courses

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. 12 calculation exercises are given. Students must have a minimum of 8 passes to be allowed to sit for the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination in August, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Given at semester start. Lecture notes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE4015 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunication
  • Applied Electrical Engineering
  • Electrooptics/Biooptics
  • Electron and Ion Physics
  • Applied Optics
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Solid State Physics
  • Physical Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 G 2024-05-21 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 1 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 100
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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