Can anyone explain why the output is so distorted and weird?

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    \$\begingroup\$ How is the op amp powered? \$\endgroup\$ Oct 29, 2016 at 16:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ What were you expecting the output to look like? \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Oct 29, 2016 at 16:23

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You have the op-amp connected a comparator, with the (+)input as the feedback node. In other words, you are using positive feedback.

If you want a linear amplifier, then you must use the (-)input as the feedback node. Swap the (+) and (-)inputs in your circuit.


It's pretty much what I'd expect to see for an opamp configured as a comparator with a small amount of positive feedback.

If you we're trying to create a high gain linear amplifier swap the input pins to get negative feedback and a gain of about twenty.


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