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Course Calendar

6.02 is divided into three modules: Information Theory ("bits"), in yellow below; Signal Processing ("signals") in green; and Networking ("packets") in blue. To help decrease stress surrounding the end of the semester, this year we've shifted the lecture schedule so that the two weeks following Thanksgiving will be comprised of bonus lectures and recitations that will tie the course content together, but won't be tested.

You can see in this calendar that the final bits pset, along with the corresponding exam, occurs during the signals lectures (similarly, the final signals pset and corresponding exam occur during the networking lectures). This was an inevitable consequence of shifting the lecture schedule around.

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08/31Registration Day Lec 0: (video) Introduction to communication systems Lec 1: Source coding Rec 1 Introduction to communication systems
09/07Labor Day Rec 2 Source coding Lec 2: Noise Rec 3 Noise

09/14Lec 3: Designing channel codes Rec 4 Designing channel codes Lec 4: Linear block codes Rec 5 Linear block codes

09/21Lec 5: Syndrome decoding Rec 6 Syndrome decoding Lec 6: Convolutional codes Rec 7 Convolutional codes

09/28Lec 7: Viterbi decoding Rec 8 Viterbi decoding Lec 8: Introduction to signals Rec 9 Introduction to signals


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10/05Lec 9: LTI models: time domain Rec 10 LTI models: time domain Lec 10: LTI models: frequency domain Rec 11 LTI models: frequency domain
10/12Indigenous Peoples' Day Holiday Lec 11: DTFT (Pt. 1) Lec 12: DTFT (Pt. 2) Rec 12 DTFT

10/19Lec 13: Modulation, demodulation (Pt. 1) Rec 13 Modulation, demodulation (Pt. 1) Lec 14: Modulation, demodulation (Pt. 2) Rec 14 Modulation, demodulation (Pt. 2)

10/26Lec 15: FFT Rec 15 Signals Wrap-up Lec 16: MAC protocols Rec 16 MAC protocols

11/02Lec 17: Packet switching, queues Rec 17 Signals review Lec 18: Routing protocol basics Rec 18 Switching, Queueing
11/09Lec 19: Analyzing routing protocols under failures Rec 19 Routing (no failures) Veterans Day Rec 20 Routing (failures)

11/16Lec 20: Reliable Transport Rec 21 Reliable Transport Lec 21: Sliding-window protocols
Drop Date
Rec 22
11/23Thanksgiving Vacation
11/30Lec 22: Fun: Signal Applications Rec 23 Bits review

Lec 23: Fun: Coding Applications Rec 24 Networking review
12/07Lec 24: Fun: A random assortment of applications Rec 25 Signals review Lec 25: Fun: How the Internet works
Last Day of Classes
12/14