# The BJT characteristic curve

Lets say you want to operate at 20uA base current. To move along that 20uA graph, you need to vary Vce. But to vary Vce, you either vary Vb (voltage at base) or change the values of the resistors at emitter or collector or the Vc (voltage at collector), is this correct?

• Your question is unclear, first because you mention both $20\mu\mathrm{A}$ and then $30\mu\mathrm{A}$, and then because you're talking about what you need to do to stay at the $20\mu\mathrm{A}$ point. To the extent that the collector current is constant, you can vary the collector voltage at will and the collector current won't change. – TimWescott Nov 5 '18 at 23:32
• To expand on what Tim said: A BJT in forward-active mode with a fixed base current (such as when you have fixed base and emitter resistors and fixed base input voltage) acts like a current source, with the same $I_C$ regardless of other conditions. – Hearth Nov 5 '18 at 23:44
• What does the y intercept give? This is the max collect current? But for a fixed base current, between 20 to 80uA, none of them can give this max collector current... – user97449 Nov 6 '18 at 1:30
• The load-line is based upon the circuit, which you don't show, and the definition for $V_\text{bb}$ which is obviously different from the one shown here. The meaning of the y-intercept of this load line awaits a clarity not yet provided from you. But I can, at least, tell that the load line is for a $2\:\text{k}\Omega$ resistance, which I gather from the y-axis equation must be $R_\text{C}+R_\text{E}$. Write more, and/or reference other questions. Make each question self-contained. – jonk Nov 6 '18 at 11:49