TFE4130 - Electromagnetic and Acoustic Waves


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

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

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
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.

Compulsory assignments

  • Øvinger

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

D.K. Cheng: Field and Wave Electromagnetics, Addison Wesley. Lecture notes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE4015 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2019

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 5

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: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2019-12-05 15:00
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 4
SL110 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 23
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 57
Summer UTS Written examination 100/100 C
Room Building Number of candidates
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