MITx: 6.002.3x Circuits and Electronics 3: Applications

Learn about cool applications, op-amps and filters in the design of microchips used in smartphones, computers, and the internet.

Course Description

The third and final online Circuits and Electronics courses is taken by all MITElectrical 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.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Second-order systems, RLC circuits, damping in second-order system

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

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

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

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

Course Format

The course is organized by weeks. Since the course is self-paced, you may choose to complete the work at your own time, but encouraged to use the weekly schedule as a general guideline. Weekly coursework includes:

  • Interactive video sequences;
  • Readings from the textbook;
  • Homework;
  • Online laboratories;
  • Optional Tutorials.

The course will also have a final exam. Those who choose the ID-verified certificate option of the course and successfully earn enough points will receive a verified certificate from MITx.  You must sign up for the Verified Track before opening the final exam.


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 and 2, or have an equivalent background in basic circuit analysis and first order circuits.