Amplifier Circuits

This module covers common base, common collector and common-emitter amplifiers. In addition, the student is introduced to the effect of AC signals on amplifiers, FET amplifiers and multistage amplifiers. The student will also learn the differences between Class A, B, and C amplifiers and their applications in industry. Emphasis is placed on design, problem solving, and troubleshooting of amplifier circuits.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • List three main characteristics of linear amplifiers.
  • Describe the effect of AC signals on an amplifier.
  • Name three configurations for BJT amplifiers.
  • Explain why coupling capacitors and bypass capacitors are used in amplifier circuits.
  • List three configurations for FET amplifiers.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of direct coupling, capacitor coupling and transformer coupling.
  • Differentiate between class A, B and C amplifiers.
  • Define crossover distortion.
  • Troubleshoot amplifier circuits.
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