Definition of input/output resistance of a circuit


Is input resistance always a small signal parameter or is also defined for large signal model of any circuit? How do we model any circuit after we calculate its input/output resistances?

Best Answer

For defining or calculating the input impedance you have to discriminate berween DC and AC. For DC signals you can define the voltage-to-current ratio for small as well as also for large signals (where the voltage-to-current relation is non-linear).

However, for AC signals the input impedance is defined for small signals only because a voltage-to-current ratio can be meaningful defined for identical (sinusoidal) waveforms only. Because linearity is not ensured for "large signal operation" the term "impedance" applies to small-signal operation only.