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Introduction to Power Electronics, University of Colorado Boulder

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This course introduces the basic concepts of switched-mode converter circuits for controlling and converting electrical power with high efficiency. Principles of converter circuit analysis are introduced, and are developed for finding the steady state voltages, current, and efficiency of power converters. Assignments include simulation of a dc-dc converter, analysis of an inverting dc-dc converter, and modeling and efficiency analysis of an electric vehicle system and of a USB power regulator. After completing this course, you will: ● 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 A basic understanding of electrical circuit analysis is an assumed prerequisite for this course....

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Aug 01, 2017

This course sets the groundwork for more advanced concepts in Power Electronics. The Professor was very explicit and the homework assignments were of a good strength to help ground the notions learnt.


Sep 23, 2017

I am very please of with course but i also want the course of power electronics related to any field i mean in FACTS devices applications so we can learn more related to new emerging technologies .

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By Mark Sullivan

Dec 09, 2018

I enjoyed the course and I learned a lot from it in spite of the fact I've been designing DC/DC converters for decades. The only reason I with-held one star is because I had a lot of trouble with the quizzes due to the case-sensitivity of the formula answers coupled with the inconsistency of case. For example, in Ch 3, Problem 10, you use use VT for the IGBT saturation voltage and Vd for the diode forward voltage. If you use Vt and/or VD, you get the dreaded giant red X.

By Tiffany Yao

Dec 08, 2018

The professor is a very clear speaker and teaches well

By Ramakant Lodhi

Dec 04, 2018

useful course

By Sankar

Dec 02, 2018

The BEST online course I attended so far. Learned a lot. Videos are short but had more information. Assignments are quiet easy if we learn from the video well. I completed this course with Financial aid. Thanks to Coursera. Looking forward to next course.

By Tehzib-ul-Hasnain

Nov 08, 2018

It's very good course and good for new learners of Power electronics..

By SijieWu

Nov 05, 2018

Very excellent course!

By Carsten Siemers

Nov 01, 2018

Excellent course!

By Chinedu Okwaraoka

Oct 29, 2018

It is interesting and challenging

By Adnan Qadir

Oct 29, 2018

best course

By 王安琪

Oct 25, 2018

Very good course and exercises! Quite interesting! Highly recommended!