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Post by gwaidan » Sun May 20, 2012 6:46 am

Just hit 60% on running total so guess I've passed already. Bring on the final...

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Post by gwaidan » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:18 am

Just finished the exam. Yay!!!!!!

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Post by bkbirge » Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:30 am

gwaidan wrote:Just finished the exam. Yay!!!!!!
Congrats on sticking with it and passing!

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Post by gwaidan » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:55 am

Thank you! How many of us wigglers made it thru the final?

Personally it was quite a relief to get through it. The final exam was a real doozy-took me 7 hours and one question there you probably needed to be Eric Barbour to answer with any confidence (involved calculating the small-signal gain of a triode valve circuit!)

Good article about the whole thing:

http://www.i-programmer.info/profession ... eport.html

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Post by lysander » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:35 am

Made it through to !
I found the final fairly easy but indeed very long, I think I easily spent more than 4 hours on it.
Overall I loved the course, although I'm kind of relieved it is finished as I can now have free sunday evenings instead of being busy doing the homework and labs ! :)
I've already started a few books to keep learning, one on filter design the other dealing with practical aspects, and I'm also reading the electronotes.

What I'm missing though is a good reference on transistor circuit design, covering both the theory and practical designs.
I was a bit disappointed the course only covered FETs.
If anyone has got some suggestions ?

EDIT: I have found this:
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-e ... fall-2009/
http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/34219

Which looks like exactly what I wanted !

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Post by Paradigm X » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:29 am

I, sadly, failed at the first hurdle (first 'exam' or whatever.)

Time is an absolute killer with a full time job and a two year old. He (then we) got really ill during the second week and that was the end of that.

It was well over my head anyway tbph, i think i need some really basic books to begin with.

Big respect to all those who got thru/are getting thru!

Congrats.

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Lysander, doug wellington found a free book on transistors, worth a quick look in this thread.

http://electro-music.com/forum/topic-51598.html

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Post by Monobass » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:44 am

Congrats to everyone who saw it through :)

I just couldn't find nearly enough time to devote in the end. Once my son is at school and they have honed the course further I fully intend to nail it!
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Post by lysander » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:12 am

Thanks for the link Paradigm !
I'm lucky on that front that I don't have kids yet, we're planning some though so I'm doing all the learning and DIY I can while I still have some spare time !

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Post by daren » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:16 pm

This came up for registration again.

How was everyone's experience who made it through? Have you found it useful in what goes on in the synthdiy side of things?

I signed up and was combing through all the suggested readings. I gotta brush up on my calc!

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Post by lysander » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:40 am

The course is very good and will give you a solid fundation for understanding electronics.
There is a LOT more to learn to really understand synth DIY but it's an excellent starting point.

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Post by prscrptn » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:38 am

Where is the registration? :despair:

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Post by bookends » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:14 pm

https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/6.002x ... ring/about

I really enjoyed the class and would recommend it to anyone that's interested. Wish they had another electronics course on offer, but I might take this in the meantime:

https://www.coursera.org/course/dsp

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Post by very angry mobster » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:22 pm

prscrptn wrote:Where is the registration? :despair:
https://www.edx.org/

I just signed up! I don't know anything about electronics. 12 hours a week might be a bit intense at times...


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Post by glitchpop » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:20 am

I thinking of signing up. I'm prepared for the fact I have little maths background (and to learn that as well). But I'm really interested in hearing from those who enrolled last year as noobs. How did you go? :party: ? or :deadbanana: ?

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Post by Paradigm X » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:29 am

Personally, I went :deadbanana: but this was due to a lack of time sadly, work, wife, child etc jsut made it impossible to spend enough time on it.

It is essential to spend a lot of time on it to get anywhere...

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Post by Monobass » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:10 am

Paradigm X wrote:Personally, I went :deadbanana: but this was due to a lack of time sadly, work, wife, child etc jsut made it impossible to spend enough time on it.
Exactly the same for me. It required an amount of study time that just wasn't remotely possible for me to do.
Paradigm X wrote:It is essential to spend a lot of time on it to get anywhere...
I think they underestimated the time required for study per week, which was a dissapointment in a way but understandable considering what a new thing the first iteration of the course was.

I enjoyed what I managed to do, but only kept up to speed for the first 3 weeks. After repeatedly falling asleep whilst studying late at night I realised I was pushing myself into oblivion.

I could definitely handle it once my son is older and not getting up at 6am though :)
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Post by lysander » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:38 am

The course does require a large investment of time.
I already knew most of the stuff so I could read the textbook chapters quickly during the week but the homework still took up most of my sunday afternoons / evenings for the duration of the course.

I would encourage anyone with doubts to try it and see how it goes though, you've really got little to lose ! Worst case you get an excellent free textbook and lectures that you can study at your own pace if you don't have enough spare time to follow the schedule.

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Post by Monobass » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:04 pm

oh yeah it's totally worth doing it until you collapse :)
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Post by kozepz » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:20 pm

I've subscribed also.
Did already watched the 6002 courses on youtube which were very helpful, but it's a good thing to do some homework too instead of only watching.

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Post by wbkennedy1 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:24 pm

i just signed up! but when does the course start? it just says "Spring 2013" on the site. did i miss something? :despair:

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Post by gwaidan » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:02 pm

The course is a lot of work but that's because you get a lot out of it. It wrecked my social life for 3 months but I have no regrets whatsoever. Try it and see!

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Post by Paradigm X » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:24 pm

gwaidan wrote:my social life
wtf is one of those :lol: :cry:

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Post by Monobass » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:54 pm

I lost my social life and all i got in return was this wonderful son :hihi:
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Post by Monobass » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:53 pm

Although maybe it's time to boycott MIT...

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/0 ... aign=sm_tw
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Post by wbkennedy1 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:24 am

am i playin around in the EECS playground all by myself?

anybody takin' 6.002x this semester? abstractions! kcl! kvl!
imma gonna flunk..

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