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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Circuits and Electronics 2: Amplification, Speed, and Delay

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX


Want to learn how to construct an amplifier for mobile phones? Wondering how energy storage elements like capacitors and inductors work, or how to make microchips run faster? This free circuits course taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues is for you.

This is the second of three online Circuits and Electronics courses and is taken by all MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) majors.

Topics covered include: MOSFET large signal and small signal analysis; amplifiers; energy storage elements like capacitors and inductors; and dynamics of first-order networks and circuit speed. 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.


Week 1: Amplifiers, MOSFET large signal analysis, MOSFET small signal analysis

Week 2: Capacitors, first-order RC circuits

Week 3: Inductors, first-order step response, first-order circuit analysis, impulses, digital circuit speed

Week 4: Impulse, step, ramp superposition, digital memory, state, ZIR, ZSR

Taught by

Chris Terman, Piotr Mitros, Gerald Sussman and Anant Agarwal


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  • The second part of the 6.002x is a really interesting course. It builds upon material covered in part 1 (6.002.1x), which itself was an excellent course. All the course material, i.e. Handouts, Videos, Practice Problems, Homework, etc has been presented very well. All credit goes to the instructors. I have completed the course with final grade 100%, and had to work really hard for it; I am a high school student. I would suggest that you go for the course, as it will really benefit you. A must do course!

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