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Course Information


Small signal modeling of transistors. Basic architecture and functionality of linear amplifiers including transistor biasing circuits, current sources, differential amplifer, common emitter amplifier, common source amplifier, emitter follower, and source follower. Operational amplifier operating principles, circuit design, and applications. Frequency response of single stage and multistage amplifiers. Feedback systems and stability analysis of amplifiers.

Why take this course?

Analog signals represent physical quantities of real world signals, and linear amplifiers are the first step to analog signal processing. This course provides analytical and design tools for various types of linear amplifiers and is essential for analog integrated circuit design and applications.

Required for all EE majors


2204 and 2704. Corequisite: 3274

This course requires 2204 and 2704 as prerequisites and 3274 as corequisite. The material in 3204 is based on the properties of semiconductor devices taught in 2204 for electronic circuit design and analysis and requires the knowledge of Laplace transform as taught in 2704 for frequency domain analysis. The content of this course is reinforced experimentally in 3274.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • Describe the small signal equivalent model of transistors,
  • analyze transistor amplifier circuits,
  • design multistage transistor amplifier circuits,
  • describe operating principles of differential and operational amplifiers,
  • design and analyze operational amplifiers,
  • analyze frequency response of linear amplifiers,
  • analyze amplifier feedback systems and their stability, and
  • simulate amplifier responses with PSpice.

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

BJT amplifier basics 5%
CE and EF amplifiers and ac analysis 10%
Multistage BJT amplifiers 5%
FET amplifier basics 5%
CS and SF amplifiers and ac analysis 10%
Multistage FET amplifiers 5%
Frequency response 10%
Output stages and power amplifiers 5%
IC biasing and active loads 5%
Differential amplifier circuit analysis 10%
Op amp circuit design and analysis 10%
Basic feedback principles and different feedback amplifiers, 10%
Loop gain and stability 10%