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Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis

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Circuits and Electronics 2: Amplification, Speed, and Delay

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3
Circuits and Electronics 3: Applications

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Program overview

Want to learn about circuits and electronics? Wondering how the electronics behind sensors and actuators works, or how to make computers run faster, or your mobile phone battery last longer? This series of circuits and electronics courses taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues is for you.

These online Circuits & Electronics courses are taken by all MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) majors.

Topics covered include: circuit abstraction, circuit elements such as resistors and sources, signals, and networks; circuit design and circuit analysis methods; digital abstraction, digital logic, and basic digital design; electronic devices including MOSFETs, digital switches, amplifiers; Energy storage elements like capacitors and inductors; dynamics of first-order and second-order networks and circuit speed; design in the time and frequency domains; op-amps, filters, and analog and digital circuits, signal processing, and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the XSeries program.

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

These are self-paced courses, so there are no weekly deadlines.

What you will learn

  • How to design and analyze circuits using both intuition and mathematical analysis
  • How to construct simple digital circuits and improve their speed
  • How to construct and analyze filters and their frequency response using capacitors and inductors
  • Design circuits applications using MOS transistors and operational amplifiers
  • How to measure circuit variables using tools such as virtual oscilloscopes, virtual multimeters, virtual frequency analyzers, and virtual signal generators
  • Compare the measurements of the circuit variables with the behavior predicted by mathematical models and explain the discrepancies

Program Class List

1
Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis

Course Details
Learn techniques that are foundational to the design of microchips used in smartphones, self-driving cars, computers, and the Internet.

2
Circuits and Electronics 2: Amplification, Speed, and Delay

Course Details
Learn how to speed up digital circuits and build amplifiers in the design of microchips used in smartphones, self-driving cars, computers, and the Internet.

3
Circuits and Electronics 3: Applications

Course Details
Learn about cool applications, op-amps and filters in the design of microchips used in smartphones, self-driving cars, computers, and the internet.

Meet Your Instructors

Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal

CEO and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT at edX
CEO of edX and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research focus is in parallel computer architectures and cloud software systems, and he is a founder of several successful startups, including Tilera, a company that produces scalable multicore processors. Prof. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India and was named the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate in 2018. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits."
Gerald Sussman

Gerald Sussman

Professor, Electrical Engineering at MIT
Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. He is a well known educator in the computer science community, perhaps best known as the author of "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs," which is universally acknowledged as one of the top ten textbooks in computer science, and as the creator of Scheme, a popular teaching language. His research spans a range of topics, from artificial intelligence, to physics and chaotic systems, to supercomputer design.
Piotr Mitros

Piotr Mitros

Former Chief Scientist at edX
Chief Scientist of edX and Research Scientist at MIT. His research focus is in finding ways to apply techniques from control systems to optimizing the learning process. He has worked as an analog designer at Texas Instruments, Talking Lights, and most recently, designed the analog front end for a novel medical imaging modality for Rhythmia Medical.
Chris Terman

Chris Terman

Senior Lecturer, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
A Senior Lecturer in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chris has been an award-winning lecturer for this course on campus since 1995. He has four decades of experience as a teacher, digital systems designer and courseware developer. Chris’ recent research is focused on educational technologies for teaching design skills.
Bonnie Lam

Bonnie Lam

Graduate student, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
Graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Her research interests are digital design methodologies for low-power applications, and she is currently studying low-power techniques for ultrasound imaging. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) degree in Engineering Physics (Electrical Engineering Option) at the University of British Columbia in 2008 and her Masters of Science (S.M.) degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.

“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

“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
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Learning Partner

Imperial College London

Program

Clean Power

Program Type

Professional Certificate

Subject

Engineering
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