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Introduction to Semiconductor Diodes and Transistors

Learn about diode rectifiers, transistor properties and configurations.

Introduction to Semiconductor Diodes and Transistors

Learn about diode rectifiers, transistor properties and configurations.
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About the Class

Al explains semiconductor basics, valance electrons in conductors.

What will you learn in this course?

  • The difference between semiconductors and conductors. Describes the doping process in a semiconductor material.
  • What are N and P-type material? The majority and minority carry are explained.
  • Diode curves and characteristics, of forward and reverse current flow, by using the characteristic diode curve. Physical diode packaging is explained.
  • Electron flow-thru diodes are explained.
  • The schematic symbol of diode, cathode, and anode placement explained.
  • The placement of the physical diode is explained.
  • How to test a diode with an ohmmeter?
  • A simple diode application is explained.
  • Half-wave rectification, how to calculate peak voltage, and the average DC voltage of a half-wave rectification circuit, basic capacitor filter action is also explained.
  • Full-wave rectification, full-wave bridge rectification explained, and the introduction of the transformers - the average DC value of a full-wave rectifier.
  • Introduction of two types of junction transistors PNP and NPN. Details reverse and forward bias on the junction transistor(s).
  • Introduction of the three elements of the transistor.
  • Explains the schematic Symbols of the transistor (NPN and PNP). Physical packaging of the transistors shown and explained. How to test a transistor with an ohmmeter. Introduction alpha and Beta properties of the transistors along with Ie = Ib + Ic.
  • Explanation of alpha and beta properties of the transistors along with Ie = Ib + Ic.
  • Introduces Load -line (s)with a common emitter circuit.
  • Explanation of both DC and AC transistor parameter’s using the load line. How to find RL using the load line. Phase shift in a common-emitter transistor.
  • Explanation of the common collector circuit (also called the emitter follower) circuit action. Common Base configuration circuit action is explained.
  • Summary of the three transistor configurations, common emitter, common collector, and common base.


Albert Spinosa

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What's Included

Level: All levels
Duration: 3 hours 3 minutes
10 Videos
2 Documents
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