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edX Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

  • Overview
  1. edX
    Platform:
    edX
    Provider:
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Length:
    5 weeks
    Effort:
    6 hours/week
    Language:
    English
    Credentials:
    Paid Certificate Available
    Overview
    Want to learn about circuits and electronics, but unsure where to begin? Wondering how to make computers run faster or your mobile phone battery last longer? This free circuit course taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues is for you.

    This is the first of three online Circuits & Electronics courses offered by Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues at MIT, and is taken by all MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) majors.

    Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; circuit analysis methods including KVL, KCL and the node method; independent and dependent sources; linearity, superposition, Thevenin & Norton methods; digital abstraction, combinational gates; and MOSFET switches and small signal analysis. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course.

    Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, online laboratories, and optional tutorials. The course will also have a final exam.

    This is a self-paced course, so there are no weekly deadlines. However, all assignments are due by June 15, 2019, when the course will close.

    Student Testimonials
    “Brilliant course! It's definitely the best introduction to electronics in Universe! Interesting material, clean explanations, well prepared quizzes, challenging homeworks and fun labs.” - Ilya

    “6.002x will be a classic in the field of online learning. It combines Prof. Agarwal's enthusiasm for electronics and education. The online circuit design program works very well. The material is difficult. I took the knowledge from the class and built an electronic cat feeder.” - Stan.

    What you'll learn
    • How to design and analyze circuits using the node method, superposition, and the Thevenin method
    • How to employ lumped circuit models and abstraction to simplify circuit analysis
    • How to use intuition to solve circuits
    • Construction of simple digital gates using MOSFET transistors
    • Measurement of circuit variables using tools such as virtual oscilloscopes, virtual multimeters, and virtual signal generators
    Syllabus
    Week 1: From physics to electrical engineering; lumped abstraction, KVL, KCL, intuitive simplification techniques, nodal analysis

    Week 2: Linearity, superposition, Thevenin & Norton methods, digital abstraction, digital logic, combinational gates

    Week 3: MOSFET switch, MOSFET switch models, nonlinear resistors, nonlinear networks

    Week 4: Small signal analysis, small signal circuit model, dependent sources

    Taught by

    Chris Terman, Piotr Mitros, Gerald Sussman and Anant Agarwal

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