Question on Shockley's equation for FETs

I'm currently studying FETs (Field Effect Transistors) in Navy school. What I know so far is that in FETs, $V_{gs}$ is reversed biased, creating a depletion zone. What this means in plain English is that the more negative the gate is with respect to the source, the more narrower the channel becomes, leading to more resistance in the drain to the source, so the drain to source acts like a resistor. There is a point when current flows constant and we call this the saturation point and denote this as $v_{gs(off)}$

We are introduced to this equation and I have no idea where it comes from:

$I_d = I_{dss} \left(1 - \frac{V_{gs}}{v_{gs(off)}} \right)^2$

Here $I_d$ is the current of the drain and $I_{dss}$ is the drain to source saturation. Can someone shed some light as to how we can get this equation?

• the exact equation is derived using quantum mechanics, the equation in the question is an approximation at specific temperature range. There is a better approximation (derived itself also from quantum mechanics) called shottky formula – Nikos M. Nov 11 '14 at 23:15
• Would Electrical Engineering be a better home for this question? – Qmechanic Nov 11 '14 at 23:32