6.091 Hands-On Introduction to Electrical Engineering Lab Skills

January (IAP) 2008

Photograph of a multimeter.
In this lecture and lab course, students learn to use electrical instruments including function generators, oscilloscopes, and multimeters. (Photograph courtesy of jbgeekdad on Flickr.)

Course Description

This course introduces students to both passive and active electronic components (op-amps, 555 timers, TTL digital circuits). Basic analog and digital circuits and theory of operation are covered. The labs allow the students to master the use of electronic instruments and construct and/or solder several circuits. The labs also reinforce the concepts discussed in class with a hands-on approach and allow the students to gain significant experience with electrical instruments such as function generators, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and power supplies. In the last lab, the students build an electronic circuit that they can keep. The course is geared to freshmen and others who want an introduction to electronics circuits.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

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Course Meeting Times

Five sessions for 4 weeks
1.5 hours / session

Five sessions for 4 weeks
4 hours / session