ECE 5/472 Power Electronics
Fall 2010, Boise State University


The Google group’s ( and the email address is


Lecture notes are here

Homework assignments, project information, and due dates are located here

Current grades are here


Textbook: Power Electronics, Daniel W. Hart
Instructor: Jake Baker
Time: MWF, 9:40 to 10:30 AM

Course dates: Monday, August 23 to Friday, Dec. 10

Location: MEC 206

Holidays: Monday, September 6, Labor day, MWF, November 22, 24, and 26, Thanksgiving break.
Final Exam time: Monday, Dec. 13, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Course content – Power electronic switches, diode and controlled rectifiers, AC-AC phase control, DC-DC converters, inverters, introduction to electric drives and power quality fundamentals. PREREQ: ECE 225.

For Graduate credit (ECE 572): a more complex project will be assigned and (sometimes) an additional exam problem will assigned.

Circuit simulation: We will make extensive use of LTspice in this course,


20% Midterm1
20% Midterm2
20% Homework and class participation (in class and via the CMOSedu Google groups)
20% Project
20% Final


Email questions should be sent to the CMOSedu google group (not directly to the instructor).

While the instructor may likely respond quickly (to make getting the credit for the class participation challenging) questions for the instructor (only) should be asked in person during his office hours.



No laptops or Internet appliances can be used during lectures.

No late work accepted. All assigned work is due at the beginning of class.

Neither the final exam nor final project will be returned at the end of the semester.

Regularly being tardy for lectures, leaving in the middle of lectures, or earlier from lectures is unacceptable without prior consent of the instructor

Cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic F grade in the course (so do your own homework and projects!)