Batteries, Batteries, Batteries!
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Batteries, Batteries, Batteries!

Fun and useful facts about batteries!
3.8 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
18 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Know the history of batteries.
  • Know some fun facts about energy storage.
  • Learn details about lithium ion batteries.
  • Learn the basics of how batteries work.
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Requirements
  • No prior knowledge needed, just curiosity for how batteries work.
  • Take a look at some batteries that are around your house. Do you know how they work?
Description

Have you ever wondered why batteries explode? How why we don't have more electric vehicles? Or just wanted to know how batteries produce electricity? This class will teach you fun and useful facts about batteries that you can use to impress friends and family. If you want to know more, it will also give you a simple but comprehensive overview of how batteries work. 

At the end of this class you will be able to: 

  1. Understand the basic principles of how batteries work.
  2. Be able to understand important concepts in batteries such as current, voltage, and energy density.
  3. Describe different types of batteries and their applications.
  4. Understand what lithium batteries are and how they differ between them.
  5. Know some fun facts and resources to expand your knowledge on batteries.

The class is composed mostly of lectures and videos where I explain interesting facts about battery technologies. The course is designed so that with each section you go deeper and deeper into knowledge. If you are new to the battery world you will start from the very basics. If you have some advanced knowledge of chemistry you can skip some of the initial lectures and go into more advanced sections.

Join the class and improve your knowledge on the technology that powers our world. No previous knowledge required! 

Who is the target audience?
  • Students that are curious about how their phones and devices are being powered.
  • Engineers that want facts about batteries.
  • People with a general background in chemistry or engineering.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
02:22:39
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Introduction
2 Lectures 03:53

This is the introduction to the class, a welcome, and a quick overview of what you will learn.

Preview 01:37

Can you know if a battery is charged by bouncing to off a table? Click this video to find out. 

Preview 02:16
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Background
3 Lectures 30:44

Why are batteries important? Why should we care? This video will give you an overview of the challenges we face with battery technologies.

Preview 10:01

Did you know batteries have been around for more than a thousand years? 

Very brief history of batteries
15:32

In the 1900s a large number of cars produced were electric. Today, not so much. Why?  

Fun Fact #2: Why don't we have more electric cars?
05:11
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The Basics
5 Lectures 28:56

Start by learning what ions and electrons are and why they re important in batteries.

Electrons and ions
03:57

This video explains what electrical current is. 

What is electrical current?
05:09

This video explains what voltage is. 

What is voltage?
04:58

The two most used metrics in batteries are energy and power density. This video teaches what they are and how to derive them.

Energy density and power density
10:28

Don't let your batteries die prematurely! Use these tricks to make them last longer.

Fun fact #3: how to extend the lifetime of your batteries
04:24
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Batteries in General
4 Lectures 29:45

Basic description of how a battery works.

How do batteries work?
05:34

Distinguish the different types of batteries and the materials that are in them. 

Types of batteries
07:26

Are batteries only used in electronic devices? No, they are used almost everywhere!

Applications of batteries
11:55

Why do we like lithium so much for batteries? Why not other materials?

Preview 04:50

Take this quiz to practice a few simple concepts learned in class.

Quiz
2 questions
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Lithium Ion Batteries
5 Lectures 35:55

Learn about the different materials that can be used to make battery cathodes. 

Cathode materials
12:52

Learn about the different materials that can be used to make battery anodes. 

Anode materials
09:00

Learn about electrolytes that are used in lithium ion batteries. 

Electrolytes
05:34

Learn about electrolytes that are used in lithium ion batteries. 

Separators
02:47

Why batteries explode and how you can prevent it. 

Fun fact #5: Why batteries explode
05:42
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Wrapping up
3 Lectures 13:29

Some thoughts on the future of battery technologies.

The future of batteries
08:50

Amazing job! I am grateful you chose my course. 

Preview 00:30

This is a bibliography of you want to learn more about batteries. I will update it from time to time to include new articles or books. 

Recommended additional resources
04:09
About the Instructor
Dr. Fernando Gómez-Baquero
3.8 Average rating
5 Reviews
18 Students
1 Course
Scientist, entrepreneur, CEO, energy nerd.

Dr. Fernando Gómez-Baquero is the Co-founder and CEO of BESSTECH. Dr. Gómez-Baquero holds a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Engineering from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  His research focuses on advanced nanomaterials for energy storage applications and on the economic impact of pervasive nanotechnologies. Dr. Gómez-Baquero has more than 15 years of experience in the nanotechnology industry, starting with production and characterization of carbon nanotubes and developing of polymer/nanotube composite materials. More recently, Dr. Gómez-Baquero has been focusing on the fabrication of nanoengineered electrodes for lithium ion batteries using semiconductor processes and using nanotechnology to improve the performance of lithium ion batteries. Dr. Gómez-Baquero has several publications in nanomaterials research and on the economic impact of nanotechnologies and four patent applications in diverse applications of nanomaterials.