HELP!!! Solve for diode current this circuit

MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
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Hello "Help!!!"

Welcome to AAC!
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Hang Chong

Joined Nov 3, 2022
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Hello "Help!!!"

Welcome to AAC!
Certainly you can come up with a better title. AAC receives dozens of requests for help daily. Imaging how useful a title of "Help!!!" is if all threads were titled "Help!!!".

Besides that, your post has been moved to "Homework Help".
For "Homework Help" you need to show us your best effort before we can guide you with your homework.
thank you, will be extra careful next time
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
15,462
Hi,
9v-D1(0.7V)-D2(0.3V)=8V/2000ohm=0.004A
This is the current in D1. The current in D2 is less than the current in D1.

Your equation doesn't make sense. You have a voltage equated to a current.

This is what you meant:
\(\large I_{D1}=\frac{V_{SUP}-V_{D1}-V_{D2}}{R_1+R_3}=\frac{9V-0.7V-0.3V}{2k\Omega}=4mA\)
 

Jerry-Hat-Trick

Joined Aug 31, 2022
208
9v-D1(0.7V)-D2(0.3V)=8V/2000ohm=0.004A
Are you studying physics or engineering? If you are studying engineering you were nearly right, if you'd added that the current through R2 is small enough (an order of magnitude smaller) to ignore, especially as your voltage drops across the diodes are only roughly right.

If you are studying physics you'd recognise that the voltage drop across a germanium diode is typically between 0.25V and 0.30V as it has a softer more gradual knee than the silicon diode which has a typical voltage drop of between 0.6 to 0.7V but it can be higher, and both depend on temperature. For a full answer you'd need the full voltage current characteristic curves of the diodes being used and (I think) an iterative approach to the final accurate answer.

Usually, 0.004A would be written as 4mA
 
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