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Homework Help: Transistor circut analysis

  1. Aug 27, 2012 #1
    Hi there! I'm having trouble understanding the transistor circuit analysis. Hope you could help me :)

    First I need to find the active region of the transistor. What I saw in the solutions was an assumption that the transistor is in saturation region and then:


    Why did the solver assume the transistor is in saturation mode, when he is supposed to find the active region?

    Next, I have to calculate the minimal RE needed for the transistor to be active.
    This time, they did refer to it as in active region. But, the equations remained the same. I thought that in Active region, it is supposed to reverse:


    Why isn't there any change in the equations ? the BC diode is supposed to be in reverse mode, isn't it ?

    Thank you!
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  3. Aug 27, 2012 #2


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    There is nothing here to indicate an assumption of saturation. Those equations hold for both regions of operation, active and saturated.
    Yes, and that condition is implicit in setting VCE = 0. (Explanation: If VCE = 0 and VBE = 0.6, then it follows that VCE = -0.6)

    [PLAIN]https://www.physicsforums.com/images/icons/icon2.gifAlso, [Broken] may I point out that you should not be using lower-case subscripts here, as they mean something different from the capitals subscripts. For DC or average values, use upper-case subscripts.
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  4. Aug 27, 2012 #3

    rude man

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    The first set of 2 equations is correct irrespective of values of the R's or power supply voltages. The second set is garbage.

    A quick check shows that this configuration IS in saturation. Approximately,
    ie = (3V-0.7V)/0.5K = 4.6 mA which when multiplied by Rc = 3K gives Vcc - Vc = 13.8V, exceeding even the Vcc power supply.

    (How did I do that? I just assumed β = ∞, a reasonable approx. with the low value of Rb).

    To get your answer, you need 3 more equations:


    ie = ic + ib

    and ic = βib.

    Then you need one more. Hint: what is the current ib thru Rb? And if you know Ve do you automatically also know Vb?

    That's 5 independent equations and 5 unknowns: the three currents plus emitter and collector voltages. Set Vc - Ve = 0 and solve for Re.
  5. Aug 27, 2012 #4
    Thank you both for your great help!
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