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transistor models (newbie question)

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Sean McIlroy, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. Sean McIlroy

    Sean McIlroy Guest

    hello. i wonder if you can help me...

    as a newbie, is there someplace where can i find a good explanation of
    transistor models? not on the web: i looked all over it, and
    everything i found was either

    1) too advanced: instead of beginning ab-ovo they assume considerable
    familiarity with the subject matter ("thermal voltage", "saturation
    current") and with standard mnemonic symbols (whose physical meaning
    therefore doesn't need to be explained)


    2) not advanced enough: handwaving, pretty pictures, and verbiage of
    uncertain meaning take the place of clear, formal (ie: logical,
    mathematical) definitions

    i'm willing to put a decent amount of effort into understanding this.
    i will even sit through a fair amount of handwaving, if necessary,
    provided i have a reasonable assurance that it really is taking me
    where i want to go.

    any help will be very much appreciated

  2. There are several kinds of transistors. BJTs, FETs, MOS, and so on. What
    are you after?
  3. bw

    bw Guest

    You want to learn basic electronics without getting an engineering
    The Amateur Radio Relay League sells books that are very good at this.
    The ARRL handbook has a brief but clear section on basic electronics.

    Also, the military training manuals are clear and simple. I have a
    Dover reprint of a BUPERS training manual titled "Basic Electronics"
    that dates to the 1970s. Heathkit used to sell training matter
    relating to basic electronics. Check eBay.

    Check your local library for random basic electronics books, or eBay.

    I don't know how anyone can learn basic transistor operation without
    building test circuits on a breadboard.
  4. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Do you want to understand the theory of how they work or just know enough to
    design them in ?

  5. jasen

    jasen Guest

    Horowitz & Hill "The Art of Electronics" ISBN 0-521-37095-7
    chapter 2
  6. Sean McIlroy

    Sean McIlroy Guest

    i want to concentrate first on the uses they can be put to. it would
    be nice if that background enabled me to appreciate the physics later
    on, but starting with physics won't work for me
  7. Sean McIlroy

    Sean McIlroy Guest

    thanks for the pointers. i'll look into them
  8. g.knott

    g.knott Guest

    Have a look at
  9. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    When I was about 8, my Dad brought home a couple of military training
    manuals on semiconductor physics. It had really cool drawings of how
    holes move and how a base works, and all kinds of neat stuff - and best
    of all, it was understandable to an 8-year old "genius" - it was designed
    to be used by soldiers. ;-)

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