Week #3: Diode Applications

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Week #3: Diode Applications

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We'll start off with this link here on PN Junction Diodes. We will then continue on to discuss signal diodes, free-wheeling diodes, half-wave and full-wave rectifiers and other related diode circuits in the above link.

Here is another tutorial on Rectifier Circuits from play-hookey.com (NOTE: This presentation uses ELECTRON Current Flow, not CONVENTIONAL current flow. Note that the current direction arrows on the Full Wave Rectifier are against the direction of the diode arrow when forward biased. ). On the first lecture we will discuss the Half-wave Rectifier & Full-wave Rectifier circuits, and begin to look at capacitor filtering of the output to reduce the A.C. ripple. On the second lecture we will continue to discuss filtering applications using Capacitors and Inductors and then take a look ahead to voltage regulators (zener & IC) and a brief introduction to switching power supplies.

We will also discuss the lab handouts for next week posted here. You should have hardcopies of all of the labs for this semester at this point in time. They are still available in the back robotics lab if you need to pick up the rest of the labs for the semester.

Next topics of discussion will be Clippers & Clampers.

Here's a link on Clippers & Clampers.

Additional clipper & clamper links to be posted soon.
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