Power Electronics will teach you how to, well, power things! Batteries are extremely handy ways to store energy, but don't always come at the right voltages -- it can be hard to find the 5 volt, 12 volt, or 17.34 volt battery that your project so desperately needs. This class will focus on how to take standard power sources (such as wall power or battery power) and convert them to a useful voltage for your projects!
A tentative schedule for the course is:
- Session 1: DC/DC Conversion
- Session 2: DC/AC (and back) conversion
- Session 3: Wireless Power Transmission
- Session 4: Power Generation (Solar and Electromechanical Power)
In this class, students will learn how to:
- convert back and forth from DC to AC voltages and currents
- determine the efficiency of your conversion circuits
- power (almost) anything from a battery!
A basic familiarity with electronics theory: current, voltage, resistance, ac vs. dc voltage/current, etc.
$50 worth of electronics components will be available for purchase from the instructor.
Nathan Lachenmyer: Previously a quantum physicist, these days Nathan Lachenmyer is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at MIT, with experience in power electronics, artificial intelligence, rapid prototyping, and most recently bioelectronics. After years of science and engineering, he decided to apply what he's learned to creating responsive installations, generative art, and other creative outlets. He currently focuses on enabling others to express themselves creatively through education and interactive installations. He maintains a blog about his projects [often using Processing, Arduino, and other open-source tools] at http://asymptoticdesign.wordpress.com/
Session 1: Tuesday, May 8, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 2: Tuesday, May 15, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 3: Tuesday, May 22, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 4: Tuesday, May 29, 7:30PM - 9:30PM