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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Circuits and Electronics 3: Applications

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX


Want to learn how your radio works? Wondering how to implement filters using resistors, inductors, and capacitors? Wondering what are some other applications of RLC and CMOS circuits? This free circuits course, taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and MIT colleagues, is for you.

The third and final online Circuits and Electronics courses is taken by all MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) majors.

Topics covered include: dynamics of capacitor, inductor and resistor networks; design in the time and frequency domains; op-amps, and analog and digital circuits and applications. 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: Second-order circuits, damping in second-order systems

Week 2: Sinusoidal steady state analysis, frequency response, frequency response plots, impedance methods

Week 3: Filters, quality factor, time and frequency domain responses

Week 4: Op-amp abstraction, negative feedback, Op-amp amplifiers, Op-amp filters and other circuits

Week 5: Stability, positive feedback, oscillators, energy and power

Week 6: CMOS digital logic, breaking, the abstraction barrier

Taught by

Chris Terman, Piotr Mitros, Gerald Sussman and Anant Agarwal


5.0 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at edX based on 5 ratings

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  • Emrah Erden
    I Had no previous background. After this 3 course series, now I'm able to take/finish more advanced electronics courses and books.

    In short, this course is the best starter course in electronics with the Coursera's Electronic Interfaces (as a complimentary lab course). Thank you Dr. Agarwal and all who made it possible
  • I have completed this course. Though I have studied electrical engineering, but my basics were, at best, were as good as a high schooler. This course has helped me to strengthen my basics, and allowed me to see this course in a new light.
  • Anonymous
    Lab 10B RC Filters Experiment is not working as expected. I tried both Chrome and in Firefox browsers under Ubuntu OS. It says 'Neither Web Audio API nor Audio Data API is supported in this browser. The tool is disabled.'
  • I am a high school student; the third part of the 6.002x has really caught my interest. It builds upon material covered in part 1 (6.002.1x) and part 2 (6.002.2x), which by themselves are outstanding courses. All the course material, i.e. Handouts,…
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