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Homework Help: Confusing yet simple looking problem - DC analysis of diode & xstr

  1. Jun 26, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    DC analysis is required for the question in attachment.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried to find the result using the currents that were defined by the transistor. I found a result that was nonsense, the base current Ib was negative, which is impossible.
    Given in the attachment too.

    Note: I have an exam tomorrow people. Would be awesome if you have guided me. Thanks :))

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  3. Jun 26, 2014 #2


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  4. Jun 26, 2014 #3

    rude man

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    Don't use an equivalent circuit for dc analysis. Equiv. ckts. are for small variations about the bias point. Your job is to find the bias point.

    what must be the emitter voltage if the zener is on?
    so then what must be the emitter current?
    so then what is the collector voltage?
    was your assumption that the zener is on, valid? why?
  5. Jun 28, 2014 #4
    See where you have placed the 0.7 V voltage drop. Shouldn't it be in 2kilo-ohm resistor branch? Shouldn't there be a short where you have placed the 0.7 volt drop in the above diagram? See this and you can solve.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2014
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