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Approx. 11 hours to complete

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What you will learn

  • Understand what a switched-mode converter is and its basic operating principles

  • Be able to solve for the steady-state voltages and currents of step-down, step-up, inverting, and other power converters

  • Know how to derive an averaged equivalent circuit model and solve for the converter efficiency

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Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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This course is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Ch 1: Introduction

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 53 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Sect. 1.2 Preliminaries and Grading11m
Sect. 1.3 What will be Covered7m
Sect. 1.1 Technical Introduction16m
Sect. 1.4 Simulation of a Buck Converter using LTspice16m
4 readings
Entering formulas in homework assignments10m
If you have problems with the Coursera system10m
Buck converter simulation files10m
Materials for the LTspice simulation assignment10m
1 practice exercise
Homework Assignment #1: Ch. 1 - Boost Converter Simulation30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Ch 2: Steady-State Converter Analysis

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Sect. 2.2 Volt-Sec Balance and the Small Ripple Approximation30m
Sect. 2.3 Boost Converter Example22m
Sects. 2.4 and 2.5 Additional Topics11m
1 reading
Sample problems with solutions10m
1 practice exercise
Homework Assignment #2: Ch. 2 - Converter Analysis3h
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Ch 3: Steady-State Equivalent Circuit Modeling, Losses, and Efficiency

5 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 93 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Sect. 3.1 Supplement: Review of Circuits with Ideal Transformers10m
Sect. 3.2 Inductor Copper Loss12m
Sect. 3.3 Construction of Equivalent Circuit Model19m
Sect. 3.4 How to Obtain the Input Port of the Model10m
Sect. 3.5 Example: Semiconductor Conduction Losses in Boost Converter23m
1 reading
Sample problems with solutions10m
1 practice exercise
Homework Assignment #3: Ch. 3 - Equivalent Circuit Modeling3h

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About the Power Electronics Specialization

Courses 1, 2, and 3 in this specialization can also be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Enroll here. Courses 5 and 6 will be offered in the degree program soon. Design modern switched-mode power converters; create high-performance control loops around power converters; understand efficiency, power density and cost trade-offs By 2030, 80% of all electrical energy will be processed by power electronics. Professional advantages continue to grow for technical engineers who understand the fundamental principles and technical requirements of modern power conversion systems. This specialization covers design-oriented analysis, modeling and simulation techniques leading to practical engineering of high-performance power electronics systems....
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