How can I solve this circuit for \$\beta = 100 \$ , \$V_D = 0.7V \$ and \$V_{BE}= 0.7V\$ and arrows go to power \$V_{DD}=9V\$


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general procedure with explanation is appreciating.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Tried to solve it different way... main confusion become which value will be \$R_{E1}\$ which is needed to find \$I_{B1}\$ using the equation \$I_b = \frac{V_{TH}-V_{V_BE}}{R_{TH}+(\beta +1)R_E}\$ \$\endgroup\$
    – Anklon
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 4:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ But I can't use \$R_1\$ as there have to be some effect of \$R_3\$ and \$R_2\$ ..I'm very week in circuit analysis. \$\endgroup\$
    – Anklon
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 4:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Solve for what? Where do the arrows go? \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 8:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ trying to find node voltages . \$\endgroup\$
    – Anklon
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 9:39

1 Answer 1


Thats a Microelectronic Circuits Sedra/Smith's excercise , I recognized it immediately.

The way you do it is this:

The Diodes are there to counteract the \$V_{BE}\$ drop of each transistor, meaning that each diode will "cancel" each \$V_{BE}\$ drop, so the voltage at R6 is the same as the voltage of R1, and the Voltage of R4 is the same as the voltage of R7.

Look at it this way, if you do a closed loop at the base of the npn transistor from ground, going through R6, D1, the \$V_{BE}\$ drop and R1. You get something like this:

$$V_{R6}+0.7V(\text{diode drop of D1})-0.7(V_{BE} \text{ of transistor})-V_{e1}=0$$

Thus the 0.7V cancel out and you get that the Voltage of Resistor R6 is the same as \$V_{e1}\$, or in other words \$V_{R6}=V_{e1}\$. Same thing happens with the pnp transistor.

Since both voltages are equal, then the product of their currents times their resistance should also be equal, Let \$I_{d1}\$ be the current Through D1 and R6, and I1 the current through R1. Then:

$$I_{d1}\times 40k=I_1\times 2k$$

Same thing happens at \$V_{e2}\$:

Let \$I_{d2}\$ be the current through D2 and R4, and Ie2 the emitter current of Q2, then:

$$I_{d2}\times R_4=I_{e2}\times 100$$

Now, if you are very picky, you can do the node equations for the entire circuit and get an exact result which is a lot of work. Let \$I_1\$ be the current through \$R_1, I_2\$ the current through \$R_2, I_{d2}\$ the current through \$D_2\$ and so on, you get.





You can also rely on the mesh equations. From there on its just algebra. And the exact results should be:







However if you make some simplifications like stating that \$I_c=I_e\$ and if you neglect the base currents of both transistors for a first approximation, then it should be a lot easier to solve the problem, and the results shouldn't vary that much from the exact method described above. In which case you could calculate the current in the voltage divider\$(I_{vd})\$ formed by \$R_5\$ and \$R_6\$ as follows:

$$I_{vd}=\frac{9-0.7}{40k+80k}\times 9= 69.17 \mu Amps$$

So the voltage at \$R_6\$ is

$$V_{R6}=69.17\times 10^{-6} \times 40k=2.766V,$$ and since \$V_{R6}\$=\$V_{e1}~,~ V_{e1}=2.766V\$, compare it to the 2.404V obtained from the "exact" method, and its not that different. However, you could in fact use this value calculated for \$V_{R6}\$ and iterate once more, but now without neglecting base current in your calculations, eventually the value you calculate will approach the exact values.

You would do that as follows:

To start, neglect base current of transistor Q2 (this current will be taken into account later on) and assume \$I_e=I_c\$, in which case the voltage in \$R_4\$ equals the voltage of the emitter resistor of Q2.



Solving for Ie2:

$$Ie2=20*Ie1 ...... A$$

The node equation at Q2s collector node is:

$$I2=Ie2-I3 ....... B$$

Where I2 is the current through R2, I3 the current through R3

And the node equation at Q1s emitter node is:

$$I_{e1}+I_3=I_6 $$

But the voltage in \$R_6\$ is 2.766V


$$I_{e1}+I_3=\frac{2.766}{2k} ........C$$

The loop equation formed by R6, R3 and R2 is:

$$2.766V+I_e*2k-I2*100=0 ...... D$$

Using A on B, then on D and finally on C, you get that the current Ie1=1.383mA and the current I3=0mA



$$I_{b1}=13.69~\mu A$$

Now, the node equation at the base of Q1 is (notice that now im not neglecting base current of Q1):

$$I_5=I_{d1}+I_{b1} .... E$$

The voltage at the base of Q1 is:


So $$I_5=\frac{(9-(I_{d1}*40k+0.7))}{80k} ....F$$

We know Ib1 is $$13.69uA$$

So using F on E yields:

$$Id1=60.04 microAmps$$

And thus the voltage at the resistor R6 and V_e1 is



Which is practically the same voltage as the one found using the exact method.

You can now find V_b1



You can now do a similar procedure to find V_e2, but now Ill consider the base current of Q2 which I neglected at the start.

Since \$V_{e1}\$ is now 2.402V, you just need to do a few modifications.

Equation "C" now becomes:

$$Ie1+I3=\frac{2.402}{2k} ...C'$$

And equation "D" becomes:


Now we have to consider \$I_{b2}\$, if we consider \$I_e=I_c\$ for each transistor, the node equation at the base of Q2 is:


Using equation A on G yields:

$$0.05\times I_{e2}~+~I_{b2}~=~I_{e1}$$

but $$I_{b2}=\frac{I_{e2}}{\beta+1}$$

so the equation transforms into:

$$I_{e2}*\bigg(0.05+\frac{1}{\beta+1}\bigg)=I_{e1} .......H$$

Using H on C' we get:

$$I_{e2}\bigg(0.05+\frac{1}{\beta+1}\bigg)+I_3=2.402/2k ........I$$

And using B on D' we get:

$$100\times I_{e2}-2.1K \times I_3=2.402V ......J$$

Solving the 2 by 2 system of I and J, we get:




Using this values on equation B, we get:


So \$V_{c2}\$ is:



And \$V_{e2}\$ is:



And of course if you take 0.7V from \$V_{e2}\$ you get the Base voltage of Q2 which is the same as the Collector voltage of Q1:


  • \$\begingroup\$ Heroic effort, but solving HW questions on demand isn't necessarily the best approach for the asker, the site, or stakeholders in any course that tries to use the question again. Try to give answers with pedagogical value for such questions \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 14:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ I didnt think of that.... so, do you think the answer should be deleted? \$\endgroup\$
    – S.s.
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 16:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ Nah, you worked hard on it. Leave it up. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 17:02

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