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  1. Plane waves in free space, topics to include phase velocity, characteristic impedance, polarization, poynting flux, wavelength, frequency relations.

  2. Greens functions (scalar). Ishimaru sections 5-1, 5-2, 5-4, 5-5, 5-6 Be able to describe the application of greens function, as well as the steps used to create them. In particular, be able to demonstrate their literal construction for 1D problems.

  3. method of moments. Ishimaru 18-1, 18-2, and many other references. Be able to describe the formulation of a Moment Method problem, describing the steps by which one approximates the solution of an integral equation by converting it to an equivalent matrix equation.

    • Waves in layered structures. Ishimaru 3-7
    • Waves in inhomogeneous media. Ishimaru 3-13, 3-14

  4. elementary lossless transmission line phenomena. characteristic impedance; reflection coefficient; open and short lines; standing waves; impedance transformation; quarter-wave and half-wave circuits; Smith Charts. see Ulaby chapter 2 (EE361 text)

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