About this course
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 when the course ends.
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
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
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“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.
Frequently asked questions
You may purchase the physical textbook or its ebook from Elsevier. An online version of the book will also be accessible for free to students who upgrade to the verified certificate track in the course.
Will the text of the lectures be available?
Yes, transcripts of the video lectures in the course will be made available.
Do I need to watch the lectures live?
No, you can watch the lectures at your leisure.
I don’t have the prerequisites, can I still take the course?
We do not check students for prerequisites, so you are certainly allowed to try. However, the course does rely on previous experience on the topics listed as prerequisites. If you do not know these subjects before taking the course, you will have to learn them in parallel with the new material.
Who can take this course?
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