PARTS AND MATERIALS
One N-channel junction field-effect transistor, models 2N3819 or J309 recommended (Radio Shack catalog # 276-2035 is the model 2N3819)
Two 6-volt batteries
One 10 kΩ potentiometer, single-turn, linear taper (Radio Shack catalog # 271-1715)
One 1 kΩ resistor
One 10 kΩ resistor
Three 1.5 kΩ resistors
For this experiment you will need an N-channel JFET, not a P-channel!
Beware that not all transistors share the same terminal designations, or pinouts, even if they share the same physical appearance. This will dictate how you connect the transistors together and to other components, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications (component datasheet), easily obtained from the manufacturer’s website. Beware that it is possible for the transistor’s package and even the manufacturer’s datasheet to show incorrect terminal identification diagrams! Double-checking pin identities with your multimeter’s “diode check” function is highly recommended. For details on how to identify junction field-effect transistor terminals using a multimeter, consult chapter 5 of the Semiconductor volume (volume III) of this book series.