I have been trying to get the transfer function of the circuit below for some days now and I eventually get to an expression but I don't believe I am geting the correct expression and here's why (the words "Circuito" translate directly to "circuit"):

Ignore the dotted lines, those are meant to guide the analysis. I have tried to get an expression by using the superposition of the two circuits that the dotted lines enclose. So I would have:

$$ V_{outA}=\bigg(1+\frac{R_{5}}{R_{4}}\bigg)V_{in} $$ Since its just a mere non inverting configuration of the OpAmp. For the circuit B I would have: $$ V_{outB}=\bigg(1+\frac{R_{5}}{R_{4}}\bigg)\bigg(\frac{R_{2}}{R_{2}+R_{3}}V_{+5}\bigg) $$

and the total response at the opamp would then be: $$ V_{out}=V_{outA}+V_{outB}=\bigg(V_{in}+\frac{R_{2}}{R_{2}+R_{3}}V_{+5}\bigg)\bigg(1+\frac{R_{5}}{R_{4}}\bigg) $$

Finnaly at the passage through the RC filter it would be:

$$ V_{out}=\bigg(V_{in}+\frac{R_{2}}{R_{2}+R_{3}}V_{+5}\bigg)\bigg(1+\frac{R_{5}}{R_{4}}\bigg)\frac{1}{1+j\omega R_{6}C_{3}} $$

when left in complex form. To get something to work with I wrote:

$$ |V_{out}|=\bigg|\bigg(V_{in}+\frac{R_{2}}{R_{2}+R_{3}}V_{+5}\bigg)\bigg(1+\frac{R_{5}}{R_{4}}\bigg)\bigg|\frac{1}{\sqrt{1+(2\pi fR_{6}C_{3})^{2}}} $$

$$ \phi=-\arctan(2\pi fR_{6}C_{3}) $$

However, when I use this expressions, and I fix the values of R1,R2,R4 o 1kOhm, R6 to 12kOhm, C1=1uF, C2=100uF and C3=150nF The values I get for a resistance in the places of the potentiometer are R3=5100Ohm and R5=2500Ohm when Vin is a 0.8V sinusoidal signal and Vout will be a 2.5V sinusoidal signal with a 2.5V offset. But in practice I had to use a 20k potentiometer in R5 and a 10k for R3 so My intuition is that my expression is wrong, and the simulations in multisim also point in that direction. Where is my mistake?

PS: This circuit as appeared in two other questions here in the stack but I am a bit desperate to get a correct answer and its killing me not knowing where my mistake is. enter image description here

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is V1, in your circuit? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 22, 2019 at 12:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Its nothing. It was just something to help explainging the analysis. Just a label. I forgot to get it out \$\endgroup\$
    – Bidon
    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:22

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Because of the fact that \$R_3\$ is a potentiometer. It is much more complicated than you think. And to simplify the equations, you should pick \$R_3 << R_2\$. Or add a voltage follower between POT wiper and \$R_2\$

Then we can write the equation for the voltage at the non-inverting input:

$$V_{NI} = V_1\frac{R_1}{R_1+R_2}+ V_{IN}\frac{R_2}{R_1+R_2} $$

Or if we include the POT in the equation:

$$V_{NI} = \alpha V_{+5}\frac{R_1}{R_1+(1 -\alpha)\alpha R_3+R_2}+ V_{IN}\frac{(1 -\alpha)\alpha R_3+R_2}{R_1+(1 -\alpha)\alpha R_3+R_2} $$

Where: \$\alpha =\$ POT wiper position from 0 to 1.

And since \$R_3\$ POT is supplied from a DC voltage it will create a DC offset at the op-amp output.

Equal to $$V_{offset} = \alpha V_{+5}\frac{R_1}{R_1+(1 -\alpha)\alpha R_3+R_2} \left( 1 + \frac{\alpha_5 R_5}{R_4}\right)$$

Where \$\alpha_5 =\$ is a \$R_5\$ POT wiper position from 0 to 1.

All this means that if for example, the DC offset at the op-amp output is set by \$R_3\$ to \$2.5V\$.

Then the op-amp output voltage will be:

$$V_O = 2.5V + V_{IN} \left( 1 + \frac{\alpha_5 R_5}{R_4}\right) $$

So, now you got all the information needed to solve your problem.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That is much more complicated than I thought, and definitely helps. Just got confused on something, you considered V1 to be just a label and not an external source, right? And what is the V_NI? \$\endgroup\$
    – Bidon
    Dec 22, 2019 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Bidon V1 is just a label included on your schematic (output voltage from R3 pot). And V_NI = Voltage at Non-Inverting input. \$\endgroup\$
    – G36
    Dec 22, 2019 at 14:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ R3 and R5 are the maximum resistance of the potentiometer. And alpha is a wiper position to get "equivalent" resistance. When the wiper is in the upper position alpha=1. In the middle alpha = 0.5 and on the bottom alpha = 0. \$\endgroup\$
    – G36
    Dec 22, 2019 at 14:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ Do you mean this equation ? $$V_{NI} = V_1\frac{R_1}{R_1+R_2}+ V_{IN}\frac{R_2}{R_1+R_2} $$ \$\endgroup\$
    – G36
    Dec 22, 2019 at 18:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ As for C2 capacitor. I treated C2 as a bypass capacitor (capacitor that shorts any AC signals at V1 point to the ground). \$\endgroup\$
    – G36
    Dec 22, 2019 at 18:15

Well, first of all we can exclude \$\text{C}1\$ and \$\text{C}2\$ from our calculation because the're used for filtering etc.

The circuit we are dealing with is given by:


simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

In order to solve for \$\text{V}_+\$ we get:

$$ \begin{cases} \text{I}_{\text{R}_2}+\text{I}_{\text{R}_3}=\text{I}_{\text{R}_4}\\ \\ \text{I}_{\text{R}_1}=\text{I}_{\text{R}_2}\\ \\ \text{I}_{\text{R}_1}=\frac{\text{V}_1-\text{V}_+}{\text{R}_1}\\ \\ \text{I}_{\text{R}_2}=\frac{\text{V}_+-\text{V}_3}{\text{R}_2}\\ \\ \text{I}_{\text{R}_3}=\frac{\text{V}_2-\text{V}_3}{\text{R}_3}\\ \\ \text{I}_{\text{R}_4}=\frac{\text{V}_3}{\text{R}_4} \end{cases}\space\Longleftrightarrow\space\text{V}_+=\frac{\text{R}_2(\text{R}_3+\text{R}_4)\text{V}_1+\text{R}_4(\text{R}_3\text{V}_1+\text{R}_1\text{V}_2)}{\text{R}_3(\text{R}_1+\text{R}_2)+\text{R}_4(\text{R}_1+\text{R}_2+\text{R}_3)}\tag1 $$

Now, we also know that:




Using the fact that in an ideal opamp circuit we have \$\text{V}_+=\text{V}_-\$. So we get:


Using your information we have:

  • $$\text{C}=150\cdot10^{-9}\space\text{F}\tag5$$
  • $$\text{R}_1=\text{R}_2=\text{R}_5=1000\space\Omega\tag6$$
  • $$\text{R}_6=2500\space\Omega\tag7$$
  • $$\text{R}_7=12000\space\Omega\tag8$$
  • $$\text{V}_2=\frac{5}{\text{s}}\tag9$$
  • $$\text{V}_1=\mathcal{L}_t\left[\frac{4}{5}\cdot\sin\left(\omega t\right)\right]_{\left(\text{s}\right)}=\frac{4}{5}\cdot\frac{\omega}{\text{s}^2+\omega^2}\tag{10}$$

Let's assume that \$\text{R}_3=\text{R}_4=10000\space\Omega\$ and \$\omega=1\space\text{rad/sec}\$. The output voltage is given by:


Using inverse Laplace transform we get:


I checked my solution using LTspice and my result is indeed correct.


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