6.101 Analog Electronics Lab
Spring Term 2017

Time: TR 2:30-4:00PM
Location: 34-304
Prerequisiste: 6.002 or 6.071.
Credit: AUS2, DLAB2, CIM2

Duties Name Email
( @mit.edu )
Lectures Gim Hom gim
TA Yanni Coroneos ycoroneo
LAs Jimmy Mawdsley jpmawd
Farita Tasnim farita
Jason Yang jasony
Mark Yang markyang
CIM Instructor Dave Custer custer

Course Overview

Introductory experimental laboratory explores the design, construction, and debugging of analog electronic circuits. Lectures and laboratory projects in the first half of the course investigate the performance characteristics of semiconductor devices (diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs) and functional analog building blocks, including single stage amplifiers, op amps, small audio amplifier, filters, switch mode power supplies, sensor circuits and medical electronics (ECG, pulse-oximetry). The second half of the course is devoted to the design, implementation, and written and oral presentation of a project in an environment similar to that of engineering design teams in industry. Provides opportunity to simulate real-world problems and solutions that involve trade offs and the use of engineering judgment. Engineers from local analog engineering companies come to campus to help students with their design projects. 12 Engineering Design Points

6.101 aims to emphasize visual and intuitive circuit understanding: to create a practical and useful design experience. In the process, students will learn to understand and use a wide variety of analog circuits. During the course, students will solder circuits, make measurements and build interesting circuits such as an ECG amplifier that allows you to view your ECG on an your laptop, a USB powered 1.4 watt audio amplifier and other useful circuits. Students will run Matlab scripts to analyze and plot their ECG.

Students will have the option to layout and have fabricated their own printed circuit board (PCB). They will learn to research the literature to find circuit ideas and to supplement their textbook knowledge.

Project Overview

The final project in 6.101 is your opportunity to work on a small analog system. You will design, build, debug, demonstrate, and report on this system. Here are some ideas for possible projects:

Past final projects have included:

6.101 satisfiies AUS2, DLAB2 and CIM2 under the post-2016 EECS Degree requirments as well as the institute laboratory requirment. The level of difficulty of the final project is based on the students background. Having taken more advanced circuit design classes will be helpful but not required.

Text books

The required text is Microelectronics: Electronic Circuit Analysis and Design by Donald Neamen - third edition ISBN 007328596X. The third edition is an older edition and can be purchased from online sources. The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill (third edition) is strongly recommended.


The first half of the class accounts for 53% of the grade:
  13% homework
  10% for one quiz
  30% for labs

The other 47% of the grade comes from the final project:
  32% from project presentation, design and checkoff
  15% from writeup