Final
EE314
Exam Format and Guidelines
I
expect
you to be able to apply the fundamental concepts to simple problems in a manner that
demonstrates that you would know how to proceed if faced with a more formidable circuit. To
that end, I give substantial pa
rtial credit if you can describe how to go about solving a particular
problem

keep this in mind if you are running out of time. Also keep in mind that if you spend
all of your time on Question #
3 and don't get to Question #4 or 5
, that I cannot give part
ial credit
for problems you didn't even attempt. Read through the entire exam and answer those questions
you know how to tackle first. Then at least start all of the other problems by drawing the
appropriate circuit diagrams and setting up the problem solu
tion.
I believe firmly in partial credit

but I can only give it if there is sufficient evidence upon which
to base it. If you simply write down an answer, then you have just declared that you are looking
for all

or

nothing grading on that problem

and t
hat is probably what you will get. Similarly, if
your "work" is merely a
bunch of numbers and equations fragments scribbled in random
places
on the page such that your reasoning and method is not clearly visible then you will get
very little partial credit
.
Unless specifically stated otherwise, assume that all answers are to be supported. This may be in
the form of equations and mathematical manipulation or, if appropriate, through a logical line of
reasoning.
Review Problems
1) All homework problems. Be s
ure that you understand the principles behind the solutions for
each. Many are of reasonable difficulty for exam questions and you can count on some of the
exam problems either being homework problems or being closely related to homework
problems. Certainl
y long homework problems will not be on the exam in their entirety

but
portions of them might be.
2)
If you had difficulty on the midterm
exam and have failed to correct the deficiencies
identified, do not expect to be able to do well on the Final.
3)
W
hen you stud
y
the material
for the final
you should
concentrate on
:
explain the basic function of diodes in electrical circuits and describe the characteristics
of an ideal diode;
describe the electrical characteristics of conductors
, insulators and semi
conductors
;
describe the characteristics of a typical diode and sketch its current

voltage
characteristics;
outline the use of several forms of special

purpose semicon
ductor devices, including
Zener diodes
;
design a range of circuits that exploit the ch
aracter
istics of semiconductor diodes:
explain the importance of bipolar transistors in modern electronic circuits;
describe the construction, operation and characteristics of bipolar transistors;
analyze
simple amplifier circuits based on transistors an
d determine their operating
conditions and voltage gain;
describe the low

frequency
behavior
of amplifiers that use coupling capacitors;
list a range of applications of bipolar transistors in additi
on to their uses in amplifiers:
describe the characteris
tics common to all forms of FET;
explain the notation and symbols used in FET circuits;
describe the physical operation of MOSFETs and explain how this influences the
characteristics of these devices;
suggest a number of uses of MOSFETs in electronic ci
rcuits.
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