Sedra Smith Example 5.12 (Base current question)

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Joined Jun 27, 2010
Hi guys,

I am also having a little difficulty in understanding the example. However, my concern lies more with why is there an extra 101 * 1 in the denominator for the calculation of the base current Ib?

Shouldn't the Ib = (5- 0.7)/10k




Joined Mar 8, 2010
Even though I have the book it would be nice if you posted a scan or transcribed the problem...

Anyway, it's because of the load resistance in the emitter.
You need to keep in mind these are always loop equations, meaning they always go around a closed loop.
In this case, you have:

-5 + Ib*10k + 0.7 + Ie*1k = 0

Ie = 101*Ib

That 101*1k is the 1k load resistor, as reflected to the base.

-4.3 + Ib(10k + 101*1k) = 0
Ib = 4.3 / (111k) = 0.039 mA