For an assignment at school I have an op amp circuit where I need to get the Transfer function of. I want to ask if my approach is correct. Because it feels I simplify it too much.(R1,R2 and R3 have the same value)

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If I assume the op amp is ideal, I can say that V2 is equal to V+ because V+ and V- are equal and V- is V2.That would mean that I can simplify the circuit to this: enter image description here

And then in turn to this: enter image description here

And then I want to use the node voltage method to get the transfer function eventually. Is this simplification correct? Or am i making weird assumptions? (I dont know the answer so I cant check my eventual answer)

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    \$\begingroup\$ In your simplification, you connect the right side of R3 directly to R2 and C. Yes the opamp is wired such that its transfer is 1 from input to output. But think about where the current through R3 comes from 1) if the opamp is present 2) of you replace the opamp with a piece of wire (like in your drawing). When the opamp is present, are R2 and C loaded by the presence of R3? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 10:45

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I'm afraid the simplification is incorrect.

The reason for this is that the resistor \$R_3\$ creates an opportunity for the two nodes to influence each other. The original circuit only allows the output to influence the node between the two capacitances because the output of the opamp is an ideal voltage source (it forces current to flow via ground or a supply voltage). This is why buffers are typically used: to avoid the output influencing the input.

You will have no choice but to include an ideal (voltage-controlled) voltage source on the other side of \$R_3\$ that has the same voltage as \$V_2\$.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I think i get what you mean. With on the other side you mean on the right side of R3? So the wire that goes down to the + node of V2 goes to a voltage source instead? Then the current will also go in the opposite direction, which i think it should be?. What method would you then suggest to get the transfer function? when I try to use the node voltage method I get a very big confusing one. (But could be I did something wrong ofcourse) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 12:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. The current direction can be whatever direction you want, as it will only affect the sign of the value of the current. To get the transfer function, I advise writing KCL equations for all nodes. That, or turn the voltage source+\$R_3\$ to its Norton equivalent and use nodal analysis. If you're unsure, KCL is the most general way. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sven B
    Commented Jan 25, 2021 at 12:46

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