Circuits and Electronics 3: Applications
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.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
You should have a mathematical background of working with calculus and basic differential equations, and a high school physics background in electricity and magnetism. You should also have taken Circuits and Electronics 1 and Circuits and Electronics 2, or have an equivalent background in basic circuit analysis and first order circuits.
- Second-order circuits, damping in second-order systems
- Sinusoidal steady state analysis, frequency response, frequency response plots, impedance methods
- Filters, quality factor, time and frequency domain responses
- Op-amp abstraction, negative feedback, Op-amp amplifiers, Op-amp filters and other circuits
- Stability, positive feedback, oscillators, energy and power
- CMOS digital logic, breaking, the abstraction barrier
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a partner institute of EdX.
8-10 hours per week
- Verified Track -$169
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- How to construct and analyze filters using capacitors and inductors
- How to use intuition to describe the approximate time and frequency behavior of second-order circuits containing energy storage elements (capacitors and inductors)
- The relationship between the mathematical representation of first-order circuit behavior and corresponding real-life effects
- Circuits applications using op-amps
- Measurement of circuit variables using tools such as virtual oscilloscopes, virtual multimeters, and virtual signal generators
- How to compare the measurements with the behavior predicted by mathematical models and explain the discrepancies
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