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Circuits for Beginners

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6 weeks
139 USD
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6 weeks
139 USD
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Self-paced Online
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Course description

Circuits for Beginners

We start from the very beginning in electronics. What is voltage? What does it physically mean? What is current? What happens in a circuit and how can things like power consumption be calculated?

In this course we learn how to analyze circuits through a variety of methods, including the Kirchoff voltage and current laws, superposition, Node Voltage Analysis, Thevenin’s Theorem and concepts such as impedance matching and maximum power transfer. These are useful to predict the performance of circuits.

We look at various types of equipment used for electrical circuit measurements, including power supplies, multimeters, oscilloscopes, and function generators. At the end of the course, students will be able to use resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, and batteries in circuits as well as analyse and design circuits containing these components. One of the circuits built in the course is a light sensing circuit.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


No prerequisites in electronics needed. Students need an understanding of calculus (i.e., how to take a derivative).

Training content

Week Theme

  • Introduction
  • Resistors, Kirchoff’s Voltage and Current Laws
  • Linear Circuit Analysis
  • Capacitors, Inductors, and LEDs
  • Time Dependence in Circuits
  • Thevenin-Equivalent Circuits/Input and Output Impedance

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The National University of Singapore, a partner institute of EdX.

2-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$139
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • What is voltage?
  • What is current?
  • What is power?
  • How are these calculated?
  • Circuit analysis methods
  • Electrical measurement equipment
  • How to calculate voltage, current, and power
  • How to use resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes in circuits
  • Impedance matching
  • How to transfer maximum power in a circuit
  • How to choose components (power ratings)

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