The course is an introduction to switched-mode power converters. It provides a basic knowledge of circuitry for the control and conversion of electrical power with high efficiency. These converters can change and regulate the voltage, current, or power; dc-dc converters, ac-dc rectifiers, dc-ac inverters, and ac-ac cycloconverters are in common use. Applications include electronic power supplies, aerospace and vehicular power systems, and renewable energy systems.
Knowledge of circuits and electronics at the level of an undergraduate major in electrical engineering is assumed.
The lectures are designed to be self-contained. The following textbook was developed for use in this class; it is recommended but not required:
Fundamentals of Power Electronics
The class will consist of lecture videos that are 5 to 25 minutes in length. These will contain integrated quiz questions. In addition, the course will require standalone homework each week that is machine graded.
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to watch, study, and learn the field of power electronics. You may also choose to obtain a copy of the optional textbook.
You will learn how control substantial electrical power with very high efficiency using time-varying switching converters.