I need to calculate the collector current of this circuit, but I don't know how to approach it. I think the circuit is in the active zone but since my teacher isn't responding to my emails I'm not sure. enter image description here

  • \$\begingroup\$ The \$C\$ and \$10\:\text{k}\Omega\$ make up a bootstrapped design (which is always what should be used for a CE amplifier like this.) It's not complicated to work out the DC operating point. Is that what you are looking to achieve? \$\endgroup\$ – jonk Mar 30 at 18:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jonk I need to calculate de current IC, I updated the image \$\endgroup\$ – Pedro Mar 30 at 18:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ To achieve that, you do need to work out the DC operating point, then. You can't just get that value without getting other values along with that one. What do you know about the process of computing DC operating points of CE amplifiers? Or is this entirely new to you? (By the way, you should use the schematic editor available when writing your question. This way, all the parts are numbered and it makes providing useful comments and answers easier for others.) \$\endgroup\$ – jonk Mar 30 at 18:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jonk I'm not sure what you mean because I don't know how some of the terms translate into my language. The only thing I know besides the information in the image is that the transistor is ideal \$\endgroup\$ – Pedro Mar 30 at 18:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ I understand that terms may be difficult to match up. But the fact that the only thing you know is that the BJT is ideal pretty much means you are completely lost on this. If this is schoolwork (and you say so, I think), it would be very hard for me to believe they would make you do this without having given you an easier problem (a CE amplifier that is NOT bootstrapped.) You must have been given simpler problems before. Have you been missing classes? \$\endgroup\$ – jonk Mar 30 at 18:17

Step 1

Start out using the editor available to you, like this:


simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

Note that I've marked various nodes with names to allow better communication. The transistor is attached to three of the four important nodes, so I've just named them according to the associated BJT pin. The fourth node is the resistor divider voltage for \$R_1\$ and \$R_2\$ and since I'll use Thevenin for that, I called it \$V_\text{TH}\$. (The remaining nodes are obviously just ground and the power supply voltage rail.)

So that's the first thing to do. Get things named and lay out the schematic in some clean fashion. Each of us has to work out what works better, in that respect. But you might benefit from reading my discussion on how to draw schematics.

Step 2

Pick the low-hanging fruit available for simplifying the schematic. A very obvious step is shown below, which Thevenizes \$R_1\$ and \$R_2\$. I've also removed \$C_\text{BOOT}\$ because it doesn't contribute to the DC operating point for the BJT.


simulate this circuit

I think you can see that this is starting to look a lot easier to solve.


Are you able to take it from here? Or is this still too complex for your current state of knowledge?

  • \$\begingroup\$ thank you, this simplified the circuit a lot \$\endgroup\$ – Pedro Mar 30 at 19:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Pedro Let me know if you need further help. \$\endgroup\$ – jonk Mar 30 at 19:24

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