I'm trying to apply calculus to electronics.
What I'm basically trying to do is have transistors turn fully on when a certain resistance is achieved on a dial (potentiometer). Each transistor's middle pin (base pin) has a fixed resistor in series with it, this is to create a voltage drop. As the transistors turn on they allow charge to flow to an led.
The transistors turn on when 5 volts ( this limit is what it's design parameters are, this limit will be referred to as ) is applied to that base pin.
Now for the calculus question:
The formula I am using is the one from the Boards Manual for voltage drop.
It is as follows (I've added in the limit, which is not part of the actual formula:
The only thing that's fixed for that formula in this circuit I am designing is
So my only two variables are and . To find the Derivative, could I just do the quotient rule or do I have to make use of Implicit differentiation? Basically which part of calculus should I be looking into to solve this.
(Just a note, R1 in this case is the dial resistor(potentiometer), R1 in it's self has it's own limit, 0 to 10K (10000 ohms). What I'm searching for is different values for R2 which is an actual fixed resistor when voltage will equal 5volts. I hope you all understand what I'm looking for. I know that what I'm looking for will require calculus, which makes me happy that I can apply it)