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Homework Help: Calculating voltage drop across diodes

  1. Apr 23, 2009 #1
    Hey guys im completely new to this site and electronics so forgive me. Ive uploaded a photo of the question. Im trying to work out at what values does

    just D1 conduct
    D1 and D2 conduct
    then finally all of them.

    Im really stuck here. i know that the diodes start conducting when the voltage across them is equal to .7 volts.

    i know that for only d1 conducting

    Vout = 5/6 Vin

    but i cant work out at what voltage does d2 being conducting. i know it has something to do with the voltage across the 5k resistor but im not sure how to maniuplate it.

    any advice or help would be so very grateful..

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  3. Apr 24, 2009 #2


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    What are the current and voltage of D2, when it is just at the threshold of becoming conducting?
  4. Apr 25, 2009 #3
    yep d2 starts conducting when the voltage across it is .7. so yeah the question is. what is the minimum voltage out for d2 to start conducting.

    so i reasoned that the voltage across the 5k resistor would also be .7. so the current would be 1.4 along that wire.

    from there i did took the equivalent resistance so i was left with a 1k resistor andd the 15k resistor in parralel with the new 4.28 resistor. Since i could calculate the current approaching the node above i said that that current by the 4.28k resistor would equal the voltage out. so that equals 1.4..

    but im not sure if that works at alll.. i really have no idea
  5. Apr 25, 2009 #4


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    How about 0.14 mA ... does that sound better? And therefore Vo would be ____?

    I don't know that combining resistors in parallel will work here, because of the diodes. But if you can get Vo, you can calculate:
    • the current through each parallel path, and then
    • the current through R1, and then
    • the input voltage Vin = VR1 + Vo

    Then you'll have Vin and Vo at the point where D2 begins to conduct
  6. Apr 26, 2009 #5
    Firstly i meant to say .14mA not 1.4 V.
    so that still leaves me with a final answer of Vo = 1.4 V

    It makes alot of sense what you saying.. i just need to work out Vo first. and thats where i have difficulty as im not sure if my answer is correct.

    Im positive however, that you can combine resistors as when a diode is conducting you can remove it and place a resistor.. but since there is already resistors you can just remove them. that allows you to take the parralell resistance.

    Thank you for help. Its greatly appreciated!
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