I Just Signed up for the Free Online MIT Electronic Circuits Course and You Can Too
Here is the course I am taking:
6.002x (Circuits and Electronics) is an experimental on-line adaptation of MIT’s first undergraduate analog design course: 6.002. This course will run, free of charge, for students worldwide from March 5, 2012 through June 8, 2012.
In order to succeed in this course, you must have taken an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism. You must know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations. Since more advanced mathematics will not show up until the second half of the course, the first half of the course will include an optional remedial differential equations component for those who need it.
The course web site was developed and tested primarily with Google Chrome. We support current versions of Mozilla Firefox as well. The video player is designed to work with Flash. While we provide a partial non-Flash fallback for the video, as well as partial support for Internet Explorer, other browsers, and tablets, portions of the functionality will be unavailable.
I am not expecting to pass the course but I certainly will actively participate because it will hopefully strengthen my understanding of circuits and electronics of computing devices and thus make postings here more knowledgeable. But if I do pass the course and get the MITx certificate, you can bet I will have it framed and posted on the wall.
I shall report the ongoing experience and results here at theOpensourcery.com. I have to be careful not to break the MIT Honour Code so the descriptions of the course will be much more style and rubrics than substance. Also MIT is promising a whole series of courses for Fall 2012 and by taking this one I hopefully will be better prepared for what will be offered in the Fall. Finally I am just hoping the case load does not overwhelm my work schedule….