Questions tagged [theory]

Theory is a contemplative and rational type of abstract or generalizing thinking, or the results of such thinking. Depending on the context

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Early Effect, Ebers-Moll, Common Emitter Resistance, reverse alpha/beta and saturation current

Ive been reading Sedra/Smith's Micro Electronic Circuits book, and it has a lot of info which I like, however I dont know how much of it is actually practial and useful, for instance it talks about ...
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What sort of applications does the normal distribution have in electrical engineering? [closed]

Need to know just two. Sorry for posting this here (arduino). Seems there isn't a soft-questions tag. Thank you for your help.
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How to calculate a current being drawn by a full wave rectifier diode bridge?

I've been studying power supplies and diodes, all books I've read discuss a great deal of things, but there's something I haven't found, and that is how to calculate how much current a bridge ...
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Z-parameters. Is Z12*Z21 always greater or equal zero if a circuit has only resistors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is equivalent resistance always lower if we add a resistor to a passive electronic circuit? Since my last question was probably badly formed and misunderstood this is a new ...
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LC circuit poor man theory

Ok, let's suppose we want to explain the resonant frequency of an LC circuit. By kirchoff laws is not so difficult ending to the equation: By using the Wolfram alpha engine I end up with the ...
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Which books should I read to gather practical and useful electronic design skills?

I need some guideance from the experienced users here, I need to know where to focus my studies: Ive been reading several electronic books, and they are quite different, I decided I want to re-learn ...
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Voltage divider ambiguity

considering the following circuit : ...
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AC Voltage source terminal polarity and grounding

Ill try to make it as clear as possible. This may seem like a simple question, but it is something that I havent quite figured out. It has to do with polarity on the leads of an AC source. Every book ...
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Discharging a capacitor through a resistor and an LED in series

Suppose you have a capacitor of capacity $C$ and initial voltage $U_0$, a resistor $R$ and a LED with threshold voltage $U_S$ ($U_0 > U_S$) in series. Now I want to calculate duration \...
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Why does a transformer's ratio change?

I've connected various transformers to a circuit (one at a time) in reverse (power supplied to secondary) and I measured the voltages at both windings and found ratios very different from the ones ...
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RC differentiator circuit explaination

This is the circuit of a basic RC differentiator, with the input/output voltage waveforms. First of all, I don't understand why there is decrease in the output voltage (discharging of charge from ...
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Is electronics driven by scientific papers?

Is electronics driven by scientific publication, similar to other academic fields? Two famous publications I came across, Gordon Moore's seminal paper, and Leon Chua's discussion of the memristor, did ...
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What is a mutator?

I'm reading this paper by Chua on the memristor. He claims that Using a mutator, a memristor with any prescribed phi-q curve ...
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Why is flux-linkage a fundamental circuit variable?

In his paper Memristor - The Missing Circuit Element, Chua theoritizes the memristor based on observations relating to what he calls the four fundamental circuit variables, namely, the current <...
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Amplifier theoretical analysis problem

I have this problem in a book and I've did good through the entire problem until I had to calculate current gain. I've been stuck for the past 30 minutes. The formula I get is different from the one ...
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I was looking into I/Q demodulation, and when looking into the equations, I realized that the phase/frequency difference between the carrier and the LO in the receiver had an unwanted effect. The ...
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Noise and what does V/√Hz actually mean?

Noise figures in (op amp) datasheets are expressed in V/√Hz, but Where does this unit come from? Why the square root? How should I pronounce it? How should I interpret it? I know lower is better, ...
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Is it possible to specify an equivalent RLC network for a loudspeaker?

Can an RLC network be defined that would behave in the same way as a theoretical loudspeaker? Since their behavior is frequency-dependent, would the values of R, L, and C also be frequency-dependent?
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How is phase angle calculated in an RLC circuit?

If I have a source with a phase angle, like this how may I count the phase angle of the voltages and currents across all the components, as well as the returning current? What is the angle between ...
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How is quasi peak calculated

As said in the headline, how is quasi-peak calculated? I was not lucky on google this time, so I will ask here. I'm just looking for the formulas behind the calculation, since I want to make some ...
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Physical properties of transformers

In class, we were given equations for the transformer in terms of number of turns primary/secondary and coupling coefficient K, however effect of distance between coils, presence/absence of core, and ...
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RC/RL circuits and frequency selection

We have a lab that wants us to simulate an RC and RL circuit, and then a CR and LR circuit (series). From reading it is my understanding that reversing order of components results in reversing the ...
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Computing rlc circuit in parallel

So, if a resistor, inductor and capacitor in series sum algebraically, how do they work in parallel? Is it $\dfrac{1}{\dfrac{1}{R}+\dfrac{1}{\dfrac{1}{L}+\dfrac{1}{C}}}$ ? Many thanks in advance ...
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How can I describe the behavior of an inductor without reference to a magnet?

In class we have been given an exercise to simulate capacitance, inductance, and resistance without reference to - well, without refernece to much of anything. The resistor is straightforward, ...
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How Does FM Get Around the Gabor Limit?

The Gabor Limit states that it's impossible to simultaneously localize a signal in both frequency and time. FM communication modulates the instantaneous frequency of the carrier in step with changes ...
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What does E mean in this instance?

On all about circuits I keep seeing E in tables like this: In the table I and R make sense with the units. But the E doesn't. So where does it come from? I was looking at this article on ...
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A few questions regarding B/E-fields in practical circuitry

I have been trying a few learning resources to help unlearn some of the notions that electrons flow through as energy. Chiefly this resource is what I have used: Amasci - IN A SIMPLE CIRCUIT, WHERE ...
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Why is the Ampere the only SI fundamental unit for electricity?

According to wikipedia the only SI fundamental unit for Matters Electrickal is the ampere. Don't you at least need the ohm to derive anything? How would you make volts from only amps? Perhaps I ...
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Capacitor Discharge through Constant Current Source

I was just thnking of how to model the voltage decay from a fully charged capacitor through a constant current source (CCS). A good approximation to this would be to model the constant current source ...
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Why is the Nyquist data rate lower than the Shannon data rate?

In the book Computer Networks, the author talks about the maximum data rate of a channel. He presents the Nyquist formula : C = 2H log$_2$ V (bits/sec) And gives an example for a telephone line : ...
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A little clarification regarding voltages, and “real” current movement

To my understanding, the voltage supplies the potential, and free electrons are taken from ground? This makes somewhat sense to me, for example if something has a "positive" charge then it will ...
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What is the software used in this image(semiconductor simulation)?

If I interpret this correctly, this means there is some nice software to simulate various properties of semiconductors. Does anyone know what it is or alternatively what packages do the same thing?
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what is a thyristor

As part of my 2330 lv3 am required to know about thyristors. I just want to confirm my understanding is correct. A thyristor is basically similar to a transistor, only it stays switched on when it's ...
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Average Fanout of Non-Clock Nets

Xilinx ISE Design Suite gives information about the resources that a particular design uses. One of the parameters that is given to measure the estimated resources is "Average Fanout of Non-Clock Nets"...
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Are TRIACs symmetrical?

When debugging a circuit using a micro-controller and triac to control AC current I ran into an issue (the triac wouldn't switch off) that was only resolved by flipping the polarity of the triac. The ...
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Is there a dual of the transformer?

Capacitors and inductors are duals of each other. A transformer is made of two inductors, and transfers power through mutual inductance, through the magnetic near-field (right?) Also, you can vary ...
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How do I decide whether to use Kirchhoff's Voltage Law or Kirchhoff's Current Law?

When I solve questions, I usually get confused between when to use the Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL) and when Kirchhoff's Current Law (KCL). Please help.
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Grokking oscillators

Can someone explain to me / point me to a good explanation of the theory behind an electronic oscillator? The Wikipedia entry explains what, but not how, which is what I need to know. TIA.