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ERIC Number: EJ905827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
A Graphical Approach to Teaching Amplifier Design at the Undergraduate Level
Assaad, R. S.; Silva-Martinez, J.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v52 n1 p39-45 Feb 2009
Current methods of teaching basic amplifier design at the undergraduate level need further development to match today's technological advances. The general class approach to amplifier design is analytical and heavily based on mathematical manipulations. However, the students mathematical abilities are generally modest, creating a void in which basic design issues are lost. As a result, students are often puzzled when faced with advanced circuit design classes or design challenges presented by the industry. This paper recognizes the existence of such a void in the teaching of amplifier design at the undergraduate level, and proposes a novel graphical approach which presents the complete amplifier design in a visual form that is easy for the students to understand. Moreover, with the aid of computer-aided design (CAD) tools such as PSpice, this graphical approach promotes the students' mastery of the subject. The design of a bipolar junction transistor common-emitter (BJT-CE) amplifier is used here as an illustration of this approach. (Contains 2 tables and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A