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why is it called BIASED?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by PZ, Feb 6, 2006.

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  1. PZ

    PZ Guest

    either forward biased or reverse biased?
     
  2. Don Bowey

    Don Bowey Guest

    "Biased" has about the same meaning in electronics as it has in general use:
    It notes a propensity/inclination. For example, I like the Sea Hawks,
    because they are a Northwest team. That is my bias.

    In electronics, "biased" describes that the device is inclined to be in some
    state, such as on, off, or some point in between, where the force of the
    bias is a voltage. As I change the voltage magnitude and it's polarity, the
    device will be more or less inclined (biased) to a particular state, which a
    signal voltage can then modify.

    Don
     
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