I am trying to figure out "beta" value of an NPN transistor, but I am not allowed to measure current directly. (Although I do have access to lab equipment and other components such as multimeters, resistors, etc). I figure I must use either
beta = (I_c/I_b)
beta = (I_e/I_b)-1
but I'm not sure how to find and of the branch currents without knowing beta to begin with. As you can see I'm in a bit of a catch 22. Any guidance would be much appreciated.