hfe of a npn bjt transistor is given by collector current / base current so to calculate hfe you need to know the collector current and base current (which can be set using resistors) . I have to ask , what is the point of doing this ? You can simply calculate the emitter current using Kirchhoff current rule . This is obviously pointless since the transistor acts like a resistor between collector and emitter and unless you know the resistance of the resistor you can't find the current .
I see in transistor datasheets a maximum and minimum value of hfe . This leads me to believe that hfe is a constant and I do not undersand the point of a varying constant ; I think for a single transistor only a single value of hfe exists which must be measured using a multimeter and the collector current is dependent of the base current so the collector current can be measured .
And also , if the collector current is entirely dependent on the base current (Ic = Ib*hfe) then what is the point of the adding a resistor to the collector end of the transistor ? Surely there must be some change in current if a greater resistance is added to the collector end . I checked this with a multimeter with base resistance of 10k ohms and collector resistance of 330 ohms and I found no change in current when I connect the multimeter in common emitter topology (I think , I connect the emitter to ground and tested the current flowing through the collector )
I think there is a big hole in my understand or a big misunderstanding in my not understanding . Please help