MITx: 6.002.2x Circuits and Electronics 2: Amplification, Speed, and Delay

Learn how to speed up digital circuits and build amplifiers in the design of microchips used in smartphones, computers, and the Internet.

Course Description

6.002x is a fundamental undergraduate electrical engineering course that introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. 6.002x is also the historical first edX course. Materials taught in 6.002x are equivalent to those taught in 6.002. At MIT, 6.002 is in the core of department subjects required for all undergraduates in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

6.002.2x is the second of three modules (6.002.1x, 6.002.2x, and 6.002.3x) derived from the original 6.002x course. Topics covered include: MOSFET transistors, MOSFET large signal analysis; amplifiers; energy storage elements; and dynamics of firstā€order networks. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: MOSFET transistors, amplifiers, MOS large signal analysis, MOS small signal analysis

Week 2: Amplifier small signal circuit models, capacitors, first-order RC circuits

Week 3: Inductors, first-order step response, first-order circuit analysis, impulses, digital circuit speed

Week 4: Impulse, step, ramp superposition, digital memory, state, ZIR, ZSR


The course textbook is the following:The course textbook is the following:

Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits. Agarwal, Anant, and Jeffrey H. Lang. San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Elsevier, July 2005. ISBN: 9781558607354.

The textbook (physical or ebook) may be purchased from Elsevier. An electronic version will be provided as part of the online course for personal use in connection with this course only.


High school mathematical background of working with algebraic equations and basic calculus, and a high school physics background including the basics of electricity and magnetism. You should also have taken Circuits and Electronics 1, or have an equivalent background in basic circuit analysis and first order circuits.