In a nutshell:
This class, like its sister 6.115, is your passport into the world of people who love to build elegant, efficient systems that work. The overarching goal of this class is to share with you the skills and techniques that designers use to make useful systems that solve problems for people. These are the skills that will make you successful in an engineering career. They empower you to see the value of analysis techniques you have learned. Your experience in this class will teach you to use analytical methods to constrain problems in ways that lead to winning solutions: answers that make your UROP project successful, that make your thesis work, that make your product a commercial success, that let you stand flat-footed in front of a problem and fight to win.
The Power Electronics Laboratory, 6.131, is a unique opportunity for you to design and build. Power electronic circuits are the backbone of almost every modern convenience. Automobiles, cell-phones, laptop and desktop computers, television sets, and kitchen appliances, among many other systems, require power electronics circuits to convert electrical energy to a useful form.
The creation of a successful power electronic circuit almost always requires more than the application of a set of analytical techniques. The most elegant examples are crafted by engineers who have a rich understanding of how to make trade-offs amongst all the parts of a system, e.g,, thermal, mechanical, electrical, and sometimes software. For this reason, we make special efforts to expose you to a huge number of demonstrations developed from a wide range of engineering disciplines, and to provide exciting laboratory experiences that let you try the techniques you learn on practical hardware.
When you leave 6.131, you will: