# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Electronics Systems II Task 1619498388

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Describe the characteristics, operation, and applications of basic semiconductor devices.


Description should include
  • characteristics of basic semiconductor devices
  • operation of basic semiconductor devices (used to switch, amplify, and control direction of current flow)
  • diode construction techniques
  • transistor construction principles
  • real-world applications of integrated circuits using diode and transistor elements.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the electrical characteristics of semiconductor components?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of semiconductor devices?
  • How do the components operate, and what are their applications?
  • How are differences in reverse current (IR), peak inverse voltage (PIV), maximum forward current (IF Max), and reverse voltage important when selecting a replacement diode?
  • What is implied by different values of forward voltage drop (EF) in diodes?
  • How are forward bias and reverse bias similar/different?
  • What is the relationship between the depletion region, barrier voltage, and biasing voltage?
  • What is the difference between peak-reverse voltage and peak-inverse voltage (PIV)?
  • How are collector, emitter, and base similar/different to source, gate, and drain?
  • What is the difference between depletion and enhancement mode metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFETs)?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will investigate and understand how applications of physics affect the world. Key concepts include
  1. examples from the real world; and
  2. exploration of the roles and contributions of science and technology.


The student will investigate and understand how to use the field concept to describe the effects of gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces. Key concepts include
  1. inverse square laws (Newton’s law of universal gravitation and Coulomb’s law); and
  2. technological applications.


The student will investigate and understand that extremely large and extremely small quantities are not necessarily described by the same laws as those studied in Newtonian physics. Key concepts include
  1. wave/particle duality;
  2. wave properties of matter;
  3. matter/energy equivalence;
  4. quantum mechanics and uncertainty;
  5. relativity;
  6. nuclear physics;
  7. solid state physics;
  8. nanotechnology;
  9. superconductivity; and
  10. radioactivity.

Other Related Standards

ITEEA National Standards

1. The Characteristics and Scope of Technology


11. Apply the Design Processes


12. Use and Maintain Technological Products and Systems


13. Assess the Impact of Products and Systems


16. Energy and Power Technologies


2. The Core Concepts of Technology


3. The Relationships Among Technologies and the Connections Between Technology and Other Fields


4. The Cultural, Social, Economic, and Political Effects of Technology


5. The Effects of Technology on the Environment


6. The Role of Society in the Development and Use of Technology


7. The Influence of Technology on History


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