# Waveform Generator Problem

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by callum2510, Sep 7, 2015.

1. ### callum2510 Thread Starter New Member

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Hi, Just looking for some verification if I have complete this correctly? I'm not 100% sure on my solution.

2. ### WBahn Moderator

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It is incorrect to say that the inputs of the first opamp are at virtual ground. The term "virtual ground" means that the voltage is 0V (i.e., the same voltage as your "ground") even though that node isn't connected to ground. That is not the case here. These two nodes can be at a voltage other than 0V, but they have to be at the same voltage even though they are not connected to each other. This is known as a "virtual short". The distinction is important.

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4. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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I got C1=0.1 uF.

5. ### callum2510 Thread Starter New Member

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Do you mind me asking how you got that?

6. ### MikeML AAC Fanatic!

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That is not correct either. The first opamp is acting as a multivibrator, so the inputs are almost never at the same voltage...

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7. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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$
f=\frac{1}{T}
T=\frac{1}{f}
f=82 Hz
$

Find T.

T is known.
R3 is known.
Find B.
Plug everything in and solve for C1.
$
T=2*tau*ln(\frac{1+B}{1-B})
tau=R_{3}*C_{1}
B=\frac{R_{1}}{R_{1}+R_{2}}
$

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8. ### crutschow Expert

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That's true if the op amp is operating in the linear mode but here it's operating as a comparator in a square-wave relaxation oscillator circuit, so the two inputs are only at the same voltage at the instant the output changes state.

Edit: Okay, Mike beat me to it.

9. ### WBahn Moderator

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Hello! Homework HELP!

10. ### WBahn Moderator

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True. I didn't consider the circuit beyond seeing the notation -- only had a few seconds to make a reply when I got called away.

11. ### WBahn Moderator

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Wouldn't it be even more helpful if you wrote up the entire solution and submitted it for the TS?

12. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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The dude is too clueless. Me solving this one little problem is not going to make him finish that class with an A. I will be very surprised if the dude can get a B for this class. My bet is on C or D.

13. ### callum2510 Thread Starter New Member

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14. ### callum2510 Thread Starter New Member

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I wasn't looking for a answer more an explanation. Why have a homework help section on the forum if you ***** are going to criticize me asking for some help?!

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15. ### callum2510 Thread Starter New Member

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How the **** would you know what my academics capabilities are? Yes some questions are challenging for others hence why I approached this forum for clarification. You're just an old American wanker that loves to assume stuff without any knowledge

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16. ### WBahn Moderator

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Watch the language -- that will get you banned pretty quickly.

I wasn't criticizing you at all -- I was making remarks aims at shteii01 (i.e., the person whose post I was responding to).

17. ### WBahn Moderator

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The you are always free to go elsewhere. But obscene language won't be tolerated here.

18. ### JoeJester AAC Fanatic!

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You thanked shteii01 and then quoted his post with no other comments.

Then you went on a rant.

Is there a question forthcoming?

19. ### shteii01 AAC Fanatic!

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Look. I was responding to WBahn.

Generally speaking, I was rude to callum2510. I admit it. So his response does not surprise me. However! I was rude. He was rude. I got what I deserved. The original question/homework problem was answered. Lock this thread and let us all move on.

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