Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
Recitations: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
6.003 (corequisite), 8.02, 18.03
The TA's will conduct several one-hour tutorial sessions each week for small groups of students.
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Brought as appropriate to lecture and recitations.
All the items below will enter into the computation of the final grade.
There will be two evening quizzes. No homework is due on those weeks. To compensate for the evening exams, there will be no formal recitation sessions on those days either. The instructors will be available in their offices to entertain your questions. Quizzes are open book and a calculator is required.
To be scheduled by the Registrar during final exam week. Open book, calculator required.
There will be ten problem sets that will be handed out on Fridays. The homework is due at recitation the following Friday and is acceptable until 1 PM. This is a firm deadline. There are a couple of exceptions to this weekly cycle. No late homework will be accepted. Only the lecturer can handle exceptions to this rule.
There is also one circuit design project. It will require the use of SPICE, a professional circuit CAD tool. A design project turned in late will not be accepted.
The course grade will be established in consideration of the following weight factors:
The final letter grade will also take into consideration non-numerical assessments of your command of the subject matter as evaluated by the lecturer, instructors, and TA's.
All assignments in 6.012 are prepared with the aim of complementing lectures and recitations and are designed to reinforce key material. Working on the problem sets and the design project is extremely effective in assuring your command of the course material.
To encourage you to do these assignments in a timely manner, a significant fraction of the final grade will be based on your performance in these exercises. This brings up important ethical questions to the foreground.
Our judgment is that the primary learning purpose of homework and design problems is best served by allowing and encouraging collaboration with fellow students. After all, modern engineering is almost exclusively a team effort. However, fairness requires us to be able to assess your own contribution. This also provides you with feedback that helps you learn better. Towards this goal, below are the rules for academic conduct in 6.012 this semester:
All assignments will be new this year. However, studying from "bibles" and other material from previous editions of 6.012 will most likely help you to learn better and is encouraged. Note, however, that the flavor and emphasis of the course changes with the lecturer.
The policy of academic conduct outlined above is intended to help you make the most out of 6.012 by freely working with your classmates using any material that you find useful. If you have any doubts as to what constitutes ethical or unethical behavior, please contact any member of the staff. Violations to this policy will be brought to MIT's Committee on Discipline.
In 6.012 students will learn to do the following:
A student completing 6.012 will be able to: