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Electromagnetism For Engineering Technology Inter, Innov, Asses, Other

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

ET Curriculum & Design Issues

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10.521.1 - 10.521.11



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William Blanton

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Session 1650

Electromagnetism for Engineering Technology

Wm. Hugh Blanton East Tennessee State University


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.


One of the most profound achievements in classical physics was combining the laws of

electricity and magnetism into the four equations known as Maxwell's equations.1 These Proceedings of the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society of Engineering Education

Blanton, W. (2005, June), Electromagnetism For Engineering Technology Inter, Innov, Asses, Other Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15389

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