first post here, and quite a specific and probably incredibly basic question.
Im trying to find out the reasoning for a remark made in a college paper to do with IV characteristics of diodes.
Basically the question asks the student to draw a circuit to investigate the IV characteristics of a diode.
Now the mark scheme says that the circuit should have the diode and a variable resistor, plus a safety resistor all connected in series. A voltmeter across the diode, and an ammeter in series.
It also shows a second circuit which has the diode in a potential divider circuit set up, again with a voltmeter across the diode and ammeter in series in the same branch as the diode.
In the examiner's remarks where they discuss how students answered the question it says that "There were very few occasions where a potential divider was used even though this is best practice for obtaining the full characteristics for the diode".
My question is in this case of determining an IV characteristic of a diode, what makes using a potential divider better or "better practice" than simply throwing it in series with a variable resistor? I also don't follow the "full characteristics" part of the explanation. I see no difference in the range of results you would get in either situation...
Can any one shed some light on this?