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Homework: DC circuit help

I need help with the following problem: Find range of resistance R4 and voltage U4 so that the range of current I is $$I \in [-3A,-1A]$$ E=5V, E4=6V, Ig=1A, Ig4=-3A, R1=2ohm, ...
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Increasing voltage noise but decreasing current noise with rising resistance

Consider the two (equivalent) formulas for the noise power spectra of a ohmic resistor: $$W_u(f)=4kT\cdot R~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~(1)$$ and $$W_i(f)=4kT\cdot ...
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Control: what is the proper justification that you can't just make the output equal to the input if the system produces unstable output

Suppose we have a signal, it goes into the plant and generates an unstable response, a common question then arise at that point is why can't we just set our output to a "hard-coded" input. Think of ...
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Norton's and Thevenin's theorems importance

Are Norton's and Thevenin's theorems used in real life? And in which situations? I'm reading a circuit analysis book and I asked myself: do electrical engineers use these theorems to get current and ...
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What makes a circuit digital?

I've been trying to understand how a circuit becomes digital. I understand the different between an analog signal and a digital signal, but I don't see where digital circuits come from if all the ...
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Why isn't a transformer a short circuit?

I'm a newbie with electronic components and I never fully understood why transformers, while essentially being a short-circuit from a wire perspective, don't act like short circuits (i.e. they don't ...
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Physical changes caused by charge pump

Charge pumps are very cool circuits because they challenge my ideas about how voltage works. I'm very comfortable with the math behind line integrals, so to define "voltage" as the work done to move ...
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Solving the equation for Common Drain

So I've designed an all NMOS amplifier to further voltage amplify the 5V max output of an Opamp to 24V rails. I used a Common Source at the very end so I'll have a very low output Impedance. Of ...
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Channel Coding with Higher modulation

Just had a theoretical question. I'm reading a book on LTE, and I came across an introductory section that talks about using higher modulation with channel coding. I understand that usually using ...
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Inductance of toroidal-cylindrical inductor?

If the inductance of a solenoid is \$L_{\text{sol}}=\frac{\mu N^2 A}{l}\$ and the inductance of a toroid is \$L_{\text{tor}}=\frac{\mu N^2 r^2}{D}\$, is it correct to assume that the inductance of a ...
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Circuit Impedance

What is the impedance of the following network? My textbook says $$Z = R_i + R + jwL + 1/jwC$$ But I can't seem to make that work.
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How does cascoding helps

In order to improve the output impedance of a current mirror emitter resistance are added to them..but on the other way these emitter resistances have certain drawbacks which involve restricting ...
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Why does output impedance behaves this way

Why does the output impedance(Ro) of a common emitter amplifier is considered in parallel with the collector resistance(Rc)...as according to the KVL--->Vcc=IcRc+Vce+IeRe they seems to be in ...
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How serial resistors actually reduce EMI?

I am recently working with a GSM based system, and there was this advice in the datasheet of the GSM module: 22Ω resistors should be connected in series between the module and the SIM card so as ...
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Working of a current mirror as an active load

Ordinary resistor as load in a transistor amplifier has a certain short coming…we cant have voltage and current gain simultaneously ….. In this circuit a current mirror is actings as an active load ...
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Help with DC circuit theory problem

I need help with this DC circuit problem: When the switch is open, voltage between points A and B is 2V. When the switch is closed, through variable resistor \$R_{p}\$ flows maximum current, and ...
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Wireless Power Transfer Circuit Theory

I made this circuit, and it is working fine. But didn't understood the theory in it. How is it putting a frequency in the coil? It did not match with any of the oscillator circuits. And also it is not ...
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Simple transistor circuit

I have been studying transistors and decided to try my knowledge in my lab to find out that nothing works as I thought it would.. I had a small lamp 12V and a handful of 2N3904 transistors, along ...
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Stablization of a $w$-system

I have the following system to be stabilized: \begin{equation} \begin{aligned}\dot{w}=Aw+Bv \\& A=\left( \begin{array}{ccc} 1 & 1 & 2 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 \\ 1 & 2 & 0 \\ ...
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MATLAB error: “acker” function not returning the same thing as ackermann's formula

I have a discrete time system Suppose I have the following AB matrix of my system $$A = \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 1.5 \\ \end{bmatrix} $$ $$B = \begin{bmatrix} 0 \\ 1 \\ ...
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Why does Nyquist plot only need loop gain but not the entire closed loop transfer function?

I was trying to compare a Bode plot and a Nyquist plot of the same system and realized that I was probably comparing apples to oranges Bode plot is plotting the entire closed loop transfer function, ...
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Why pulsed DC passes through a capacitor?

OK, the current flowing through a capacitor equals C*dV/dt, I'm aware of that. What I don't understand is the physics of the process: why does a capacitor pass pulsed DC (0-10V for example) when ...
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current flow to vcc

Hi, i want to build an encoder schematic using zener diode, so the input voltage from encoder can more than 5V (using zener 5.1V), if the input voltage from encoder 0V, voltage to uC is 0V, if the ...
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no distortion amp circuit, max. (d(Vout)/dt )max< slew rate, why not (d(Vin)/dt)max?

I think slew rate is how fast a circuit can react to a given input. I was asked to find the frequency limit where the output would show no distortion and tried to find it by (d(Vin)/dt)max < slew ...
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Why would Z/P cancellation with real part > 0 between the plant and the controller make the system unstable?

Can someone help me verify the claim if there is a zero pole cancellation with real part > 0 between controller Gc and plant Gp, then the system is not stable? I can't find any literature that ...
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What are some of the real life example of the so called “tracking and regulation” problem in control theory?

Given a plant, we need to design a controller that takes in an input r and then ensure that steady state error between the output and input goes to zero while the system remains stable. What is a ...
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high side vs low side load control

Background Fairly standard scenario - I have an inductive load (servo or something similar) that I turn on and off as needed (several times per hour, nothing high frequency). In a scenario where the ...
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Can an electric circuit do recursion?

Can an electric circuit do recursion? By recursion I mean any kind of recursion, tail, binary, nested, etc: http://www.sparknotes.com/cs/recursion/whatisrecursion/section2.rhtml By electric circuit ...
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Control theory: What is the physical interpretation of asymptotic stability

For Bounded Input, Bounded Output stability (BIBO), there is a very nice interpretation. All it means is that if for any finite signal the system produces a finite output signal, then the system ...
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dBm Conversion to Common and Differential Mode Voltages

This is probably a question with a very simple answer, but it's been bugging me. If I have a signal generator, and I set the RF output to say, +13 dBm with an arbitrary frequency, what is the common ...
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How to solve first-order RC circuit?

I've got a question, and I just keep getting myself confused when I try to solve it. The problem asks to find voltage and current and resistor currents transients (the switch is opened at t=0). ...
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Relaxation oscillator period

For an electronics project I am using a Schmitt Trigger relaxation oscillator. The equation for voltage across a capacitor in time t is $$V_c = V_s(1-e^{\frac{-t}{RC}})$$ My Schmitt Trigger uses a ...
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8 bit computer graphics [closed]

I'm working on learning how 8 bit computers work and operate. I know you can make a (tedious) microprocessor with a larg amount of logic gates and such, but how does it read graphics? I know this uses ...
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Caculating baud rate of Ethernet per wire

I'm trying to find the answer to what should be a simple question. How do I calculate the physical rate bits are transmitted on an individual Ethernet wire? I am interested specifically in 100 Mbps ...
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why ohmic losses increase with resistance?

Electrical newbie here. I'm trying to get understanding how is resistance involved with power dissipation (ohmic losses, eg. heating). Primarily I'm looking at Electromagnet coil, it says the losses ...
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How to convert noise to noise density in mic pre amps

I am trying to compare two low noise mic pres for the lowest noise, and I am looking at the TI1012 and MAX9814 MAX9814: ♦ Low Input-Referred Noise Density of 30nV/√Hz TI1012: Output Voltage Noise ...
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Why do LEDs have a maximum current?

So I understand that LED's have a maximum current (like 20mA for instance), but scientifically why is this? Using the water analogy it seems like a high voltage would be the thing that would mess up ...
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In adaptive signal processing, what does it mean for an arrow to go through a block?

For example, in this case the FIR digital filter has an arrow going through it. This is common in the signal processing comunity but very unintuitive from a control perspective i.e. where is the ...
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AC Analysis Mindset [closed]

I'm just trying to solidify my foundational knowledge of ac analysis. So when approached with a basic circuit, lets say a RLC circuit, should my first instinct be to convert each group of components ...
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Help understanding the function of my circuit. (Bug swatter)

The important thing is the image below. I want to know how it works. Here's what I understand so far. First I'll identify the pieces: -The blue "packet" is a capacitor. Its a \$ 0.030 \mu F\$ ...
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Is electronic an exact science? [closed]

Whenever I read or watch any video tutorial about electronics most often it is said that electronic is not an exact science. But what I feel is if it is measurable then it should be an exact science. ...
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Op amp has a biased output

I'm designing an op amp circuit to amplify 20mV, 18kHz square wave up to measurable levels (~2-3V). Why is the output signal: Biased at ~400mV Triangular (high output capacitance? is that a thing?) ...
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Why do microcontrollers have so little RAM?

Maybe this is more of a perceptional problem, but it seems like microcontrollers have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, in almost all regards, higher clock speed, more peripherals, ...
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Magnet that needs power to turn off? Inverse coil?

I have never heard of such thing. But it would really suit my needs. I'm inventing a device and during it's operation, it should be able to catch an iron object any time (with a permanent magnet). ...
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What would happen if an ideal voltage source was connected to an ideal wire?

I've seen it mentioned in discussion that an ideal wire doesn't exist (all wires have resistance), but even if it did, an ideal voltage source doesn't exist (all batteries have internal resistance); ...
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What is the difference between the substitution principle and Thevenin theorem?

The substitution principle (as seen in this book; in italian, sorry) Let A and B be any two part of an electrical network with voltage and current sources and only resistances, connected by ...
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Why don't infinitely many sinusoidals exist in an oscillator circuit?

A sinusoidal oscillator, takes the ambient thermal noise or any imbalance in the circuit as input and gives out an oscillation. This kind of oscillators are called to be linear. By the nature of a ...
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When is it theoretically possible to fit PCB circuit on x Layers (emphasis: x =1)

When is it theoretically possible to fit a given circuit on a certain number of layers? (Presumably PCB layers.) What is/are the name of the mathematics/algorithms that might determine this, or ...
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Theory question about “j” imaginary unit (AC circuit analysis)

I have just started to learn about AC network analysis and have some questions about "j" (or "i" on my calculator), the imaginary unit. My book doesn't go into a great deal about this, and jumps ...
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Why do op-amps keep amplifying?

I was reading an old copy of Horowitz and Hill's The Art of Electronics and I am trying to wrap my head around operational amplifiers in negative feedback circuits. As the book explains, as the ...