XSeries Program in Circuits and Electronics (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


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Program Description

Learn electronic circuit techniques and applications in designing microchips for smartphones, self-driving cars, computers, and the Internet.

Want to learn about circuits and electronics? Wondering how the electronics behind sensors and actuators work, or how to make computers run faster, or your mobile phone battery last longer? This series of circuits and electronics courses taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues is for you.

These online Circuits & Electronics courses are taken by all MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) majors.

Topics covered include: circuit abstraction, circuit elements such as resistors and sources, signals, and networks; circuit design and circuit analysis methods; digital abstraction, digital logic, and basic digital design; electronic devices including MOSFETs, digital switches, amplifiers; Energy storage elements like capacitors and inductors; dynamics of first-order and second-order networks and circuit speed; design in the time and frequency domains; op-amps, filters, and analog and digital circuits, signal processing, and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the XSeries program.

Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, fun online laboratories, and optional tutorials. Each course will also have a final exam.

These are self-paced courses, so there are no weekly deadlines.

Student Testimonials

“Brilliant course! It's definitely the best introduction to electronics in the Universe! Interesting material, clean explanations, well-prepared quizzes, challenging homework and fun labs.” - Ilya

“6.002x will be a classic in the field of online learning. It combines Prof. Agarwal's enthusiasm for electronics and education. The online circuit design program works very well. The material is difficult. I took the knowledge from the class and built an electronic cat feeder.” - Stan

What You'll Learn

  • How to design and analyze circuits using both intuition and mathematical analysis.
  • How to construct simple digital circuits and improve their speed.
  • How to construct and analyze filters and their frequency response using capacitors and inductors.
  • Design circuits applications using MOS transistors and operational amplifiers.
  • How to measure circuit variables using tools such as virtual oscilloscopes, virtual multimeters, virtual frequency analyzers, and virtual signal generators.
  • Compare the measurements of the circuit variables with the behavior predicted by mathematical models and explain the discrepancies.


Created by world-renowned experts and top universities, XSeries programs provide a deep understanding of exciting and in-demand fields. Earn a certificate of achievement to demonstrate your knowledge.

More Information

  • Average Length: 5-7 weeks per course
  • Effort: 6-10 hours per week, per course
  • Number Of Courses: 3 Courses in Program
  • Subject: Electronics, Engineering, Computer Science
  • Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: Chinese, English
  • Price (USD): Originally $287 USD, now $258.30 USD for the entire program. You save $28.70 USD.
Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

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