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Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $129 Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-7 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long
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Overview

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 circuits course taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues is for you.

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.

Syllabus

Week 1: From physics to electrical engineering; lumped abstraction, KVL, KCL, intuitive simplification techniques, nodal analysis
 
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

Taught by

Anant Agarwal, Gerald Sussman, Piotr Mitros, Chris Terman and Khurram Afridi

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4.6 Based on 46 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 7 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a terrific class that teaches the fundamentals of circuit analysis, including resistors, capacitors, inductors and with a particular focus on MOSFET transistors and their applications to amplifier circuits and digital logic circuits.

The basic toolbox of analysis methods which are presented includes analysis of passive circuit elements in the time domain using the fundamental device current-voltage relationships for passive devices. This then allows for the analysis of resistive networks, resistor-capacitor circuits and finally RLC circuits as well, in the time domain. He…
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Ram R
5.0 3 years ago
by Ram is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a great course. I will be 70 years old this week. As a physics student who took electronics nearly 45 years ago when I was trained in radiological physics. I have been at it less than a week now and I am finding this course refreshing and rejuvenating. I enjoyed the math review although it took some work after all these years. I am finding the transition from physics thinking to the EE thinking a bit hard right now because of the sign issues in KCL and KVL, but hope to overcome it soon.

I have taken this course for a certificate and I am looking forward to finishing it ahead of the deadline.

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Keshav G
5.0 3 years ago
by Keshav completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The material has been presented wonderfully! It has been ensured that no basic concept is unclear in the mind of the learner. You will definitely enjoy this course, as it is the best introduction to electronics. It is highly recommended that you take the 2nd and 3rd parts of this course as well. I am a high school student; the knowledge of High School Mathematics and Physics helped me in completing the course in lesser duration with 100 % final grade.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was my first online class and I still consider it THE benchmark for what a great MOOC experience should be. Dr. Agarwal's passion for teaching really comes through in his ah-ha moments and other fun distractions that help make learning a tedious subject fun and engaging. The course also includes challenging homework assignments and a breadboard simulator too. One of my favorite parts of the course was discussing the lectures with friends on the forums.

The course combines RLC circuit theory with digital concepts which helps break it up into digestible chunks. My one knock is we did spend a lot of time on mosfets. If you want a thorough anlog and digital circuits introduction this is the best.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I took this course when it was launched for the first time through MITx, which is now edx. Right throughout the course it was very interesting, the sessions taken by Mr. Anant Agarwal were the best. He knows how to explain a concept in the easiest manner. Along with the classes, the quizzes and the problems at the end of videos and chapters were really testing our application of learning a concept. Overall the best course if you would like to learn basics of electronics and circuit analysis.
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Anonymous
4.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course, spending 15 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It is good course for beginners to understand the basics for the way of fixing electrical circuits.

you might able to do in the circuit which contains 1000 resistors, independent 100 power supplys in 30 minutes as long as you can replace by hands.

As the professor says, it could be normal that your watch changes the current time during using the chainsaw and hammer and tightening up bolts without the lubricant.

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Anonymous
4.0 3 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
For any beginner who wants to know about electronics :start learning from here . This course assumes no prior experience in electronics . In fact this course is also learned by mit students so it is a good opportunity learn from this course.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is an excellent course to get you started in electronics. The textbook is very helpful. It gives you confidence when reviewing schematics and solving for voltages and currents. I would recommend this course to any student that wants to be an electrical engineer.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I watched these lectures on MIT's OCW as a supplement to a circuits and devices course at Penn State University -- University Park (EE 210). These lectures helped reinforce (and, at times, clarify) the most important concepts in my course. Highly recommended.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Of the 5 courses I've taken on edx and coursera, this was the Gold Standard. Everything was done right. The lectures were exceptional with annotated and clean lecture slides. The homework, exams, and labs are both challenging and instructive. Course administration was well managed. (Took spring 2012)
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Really excellent courses, all three of them. Never banal, full of insights. It was really a pleasure to work ('cause you have to work) with such a good professor, helpful assistants and fellow students. I've learned a lot, much more than I initially expected.

Fabio
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Anonymous
5.0 7 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Wow! What an amazing effort. I am a university professor, taking this course to learn about MOOCs. I cannot express how much I admire Prof. Agarwal and his team for putting this superb course together and offering it for free to the world.
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Abhishek A
4.0 3 years ago
by Abhishek completed this course.
I don't get the deadline.t hats why I can't able to complete my course. There should be alert system min 15 days left for the course.. Please help me, Show me alternative so I can complete my course and get the Certificate.
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Jean C
5.0 3 years ago
by Jean completed this course.
This is a very good lesson with a good balance between concepts, engineering point of view and practical applications.

Thank you very much for that.
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Muhit K
3.0 7 months ago
Muhit is taking this course right now, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Hello, good evening. This is MUHIT Khan.Could tell me please, Is the course free? If you share me, I will get proper information.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course! I learned so much about circuits, and Dr. Anant Agarwal's demos and lectures were clear in illustrating the bridge from the high school physics I had learnt to Electrical Engineering. I especially liked the way that he left me in a cliffhanger at the end of most of his videos, leaving me to think, for example, how the Small Signal Method could be implemented without completely revealing it just yet. This course was definitely demanding and required a lot of effort, but taking the time to learn the material is definitely worth it!

- Surya Rajan
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I gave this 5 stars because it does teach a lot and I don't see any other equivalent MOOC for electrical engineering. I hope MITx continues this course as it has helped me out tremendously.

The only critique I have is I wish it gave more detail about how circuits work in the beginning. I had a tough time trying to understand direction/sign of current and then direction/sign of power. The book didn't explain it well and it took several youtube videos for me to pick up on it. After I got past the basics the course started to make a lot more sense.

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Anonymous
4.0 4 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I loves the format. The content was good. Be warned that the interaction is very limited. If you’re stuck on a concept, it’s not easy to get help. Yes, I posted (more than once) and no one responded or answered (even after 3 weeks of waiting). I thought that getting verified and pursuing the paid certificate might garner a response, not so. If you know someone in this field that you can talk things through to, then I definitely recommend it. Good luck.
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Charles B
5.0 4 months ago
Charles is taking this course right now.
This is certainly an appropriate course for those getting started in electronics who have recent math studies. Unfortunately I could not finish because I could not remember enough calculus from 45 years ago to get through theory problems, and there was not enough time for me to review. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn what I was able to and look forward to finding similar opportunities.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is the one I currently rank above all the other online courses I have taken. The lectures were clear and interesting. The problem sets were the right difficulty and very insightful. Some work does need to be done on the homework page layout and input of formulas. They may have fixed that in the current iteration (I took the initial March-June 2012 class). Excellent course.
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