I have calculated a transfer function for a specific system (a low pass filter):

$$H(j\omega)=\frac{1}{RCj\omega +1}$$

It seems to me that the standard way of plotting the frequency response of the filter is to use a Bode plot. Therefore I want to know how to do that in Matlab.

There is a function bodeplot in Matlab which for instance takes an argument calculated with tf, which in turn takes a numerator and denominator.

I don't actually understand how I should use those functions with my already calculated formula above. Have I already calculated some part which could be done with the above mentioned Matlab functions?

So, how do I make a Bode plot from my transfer function, in Matlab?

Here is my current Matlab plot, which plots the frequency response (but not with dB on the y-scale):

f = 0:100000;
R = 33e3;
C = 220e-12;

w = 2*pi*f;

H_w = 1./(R.*C.*j.*w+1);

xaxis = 0:100000;

  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't know matlab, but a bode plot is on a log - log scale. Log of the amplitude response vs log of the frequency. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 26, 2014 at 20:55

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Call tf with vectors of the coefficients for the numerator and denominator (ordered from highest power to lowest):

H = tf([1],[RC 1]);

where RC is your \$RC\$ time constant.

Then call bode(H).

See the Matlab documentation (especially the examples).

  • \$\begingroup\$ This works if you have the signals toolbox. It's more of a todo if you dont. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 26, 2014 at 22:43

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