Massachusetts Institute of Technology Free Online Course on Electronic Materials and Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Electronic Materials and Devices. Students will learn about diodes, bipolar junction transistors, MOSFETs and semiconductor properties.

In this five week course, applicant will learn how electronic devices, such as diodes and transistors, are designed to exploit the electrical properties of materials. This course will start on May 31, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 8-12 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on May 31, 2017

Providers’ Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 — is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

About This Course

This course is part 1 of a series that explain the basis of the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials including semiconductors, metals, organics, and insulators.

Why Take This Course?

This course is part 1 of a series that explain the basis of the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials including semiconductors, metals, organics, and insulators. Students will learn how devices are built to take advantage of these properties. This is illustrated with a wide range of devices, placing a strong emphasis on new and emerging technologies.

Learning Outcomes

  • The origins of semiconductor properties
  • Carrier action in semiconductors: drift, diffusion, recombination and generation
  • The behavior of p-n junctions at equilibrium and under bias
  • The derivation and application of the ideal diode equation, and how real diodes differ from ideal diodes
  • Operating principles of bipolar junction transistors and MOSFETs

Instructors

Caroline Ross

Caroline Ross is Toyota Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her undergraduate and PhD degrees from Cambridge University, UK, were a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, and worked at Komag, a hard disk company, before joining MIT.

Requirements

  • Physics, calculus, and chemistry at the first year university level
  • Familiarity with materials structure and bonding
  • A background in solid state physics is helpful, but is not absolutely essential

How To Join This Course

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