I designed the circuit and obtained the desired outputs correctly. for for circuit it R = 1e3 , C= 0.15e-6, and f = 250 , ( for RC circuit) and in the second part it asks to increase the frequency to 2Kh that is R = 1e3 , C= 0.15e-6, and f = 2kh. now it asks Compare the gains and phases from question 1)d) and 1)e). Justify and explain similarities and/or differences I know the gain is Vout/Vin but the output looks pretty weird I have an idea but is there a difference between the two? I mean changing the frequency should change the gain or not? enter image description here

here is output/input waveform for circuit with f=250H enter image description here

and here is the one with f=2KH enter image description here

I also plotted the bode diagram for both circuits. f=250, and f=2kh respectively. enter image description here

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here is the code for Bode digram ( frequency domain) enter image description here

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    \$\begingroup\$ That looks as expected (note the X-axis is log if that is part of your confusion). Why do you think it is odd? \$\endgroup\$
    – user16222
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ @user65652 Gain is not the same. From the time-based plots, the first (at \$f = 250\$) has unity gain (the amplitudes of the purple and yellow plots are the same). But the second (at \$f = 2000\$) has the purple output at much lower amplitude than the yellow input. \$\endgroup\$
    – Null
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ Check the units on your bode plot... rad/s rather than cycles/ sec. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 24, 2015 at 20:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ yes it does as there is no difference between the two bode plots. See my updated response as it is a slight tweak on the bode command to help show this. \$\endgroup\$
    – user16222
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ By the way the title say RLC but all presented information is for RC \$\endgroup\$
    – user16222
    Feb 24, 2015 at 21:05

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You have two sets of waveforms

1) time domain

2) frequency domain

While you will see a difference between the two time domain plots (higher frequency resulting in a lower output, as expected) you will not between the two frequency domain plots

Why? it is how the matlab command works. You are not instructing Matlab to provide gain:phase at a particular frequency for the two frequency domain plots, you have essentially instructed Matlab to run a frequency sweep and resultant bode plot twice.

As a result you will not see any difference between these two plots.

--edit-- Based upon the presented matlab code:

The simplest solution to demonstrate a difference at different frequencies is to change the bode function call from




and also:


ie a specific frequency range, tight to the freq of interest.

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PLEASE note, this isn't really needed as you can just read off of the original bode plot the magnitude at 250Hz and 2kHz and see a difference.

If a specific time domain reference point is needed & the desire isn't to read the result off of a bode plot then the BODE command isn't the correct command but lsim with a specific stim:

denum = [R*C 1];
m = tf(num,denum);

[u,t] = gensig('sin',1/250);
[u,t] = gensig('sin',1/2000);

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh I see, I had an argument with my partner saying that. there must be a gain difference between the two circuits. he said frequency does not change the gain !! \$\endgroup\$
    – user65652
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ could you edit the original post and post the script, with the carriage return delimiters \$\endgroup\$
    – user16222
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I added the bode diagram code in the original question \$\endgroup\$
    – user65652
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ well I think I asked if I could find the gain through bode diagram. ( time domain) but the graphs are still in frequency domain \$\endgroup\$
    – user65652
    Feb 24, 2015 at 20:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ yes, as shown in the bode plot. It is a 1st order system. G = 1/sqrt(1 + (wRC)^2) & Phase = arctan(-wRC) Increase frequency of the input voltage and the output voltage amplitude decreases and the phase increases \$\endgroup\$
    – user16222
    Feb 24, 2015 at 21:01

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