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Free Online Course on Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis. 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.

In this five-week course, applicants will learn techniques that are foundational to the design of microchips used in smart phones, computers, and the Internet.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 6 hours pw
Subject: Electronics
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on Self-Paced

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

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.

Why Take This Course?

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Instructors

Anant Agarwal

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.

Gerald Sussman

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.

Piotr Mitros

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.

Chris Terman

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.

Bonnie Lam

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.

Requirements

High school mathematical background of working with algebraic equations and basic calculus, and a high school physics background including the basics of electricity and magnetism.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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