# Diode Output Predictions.

This post is similar to the one that I made the other day. There are two problems that I am having trouble understanding. The link is below:
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/4396/diodeproblem.jpg [Broken]

They are numbered 4-5 (Ignore 3) . Once again I know the predictions are correct , because I did them in class. (This was a while back and I'm taking notes now)

#4 If the AC source was on the positive cycle then the diode would be reverse bias. Wouldn't the diode have a .7 volt drop with the resistor having a 0 volt drop or is it true that the diode takes control of the source voltage?

#5 The same goes here since the sum of the voltages is -5 volts does the voltages of the diode become source, whereas the resistor becomes zero?

I have a feeling this is true, I just always thought a diode stays at a constant +7 or -7 volts.

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cepheid
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If the AC source was on the positive cycle then the diode would be reverse bias[ed].

Yes

Wouldn't the diode have a .7 volt drop with the resistor having a 0 volt drop

A diode only has a 0.7 V drop (from anode to cathode) when it is conducting. This diode is not conducting. You can consider it to be like an open circuit (on the positive half-cycle).

or is it true that the diode takes control of the source voltage?

I don't quite understand what that means.

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Once again I know the predictions are correct , because I did them in class.

Sorry, I sort of missed the point with my previous post. Here's the correction.

If you are trying to "predict" the voltages across the output ports (the two dangling wires), and what you have handwritten there are your predictions, then I should point out that the prediction for #4 is not correct. The output would not be a 10 V peak-to-peak sine wave, because, as you have stated, the diode would be forward-biased on the negative half cycle and would conduct. If the diode conducted, then the two output wires would be nearly shorted together (actually they would differ by a diode drop). If we take a diode drop to be 0.7 V, then the anode (ground in this case) would be 0.7 V above the cathode. Since the output voltage is measured from the cathode to the anode, it would be -0.7 V. So my prediction would look something like this:

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/9799/rect.th.jpg [Broken]

Edit: The process of of using a converting AC to DC by eliminating one of the voltage polarities is known as rectification, and a diode is sometimes called a rectifier for that reason.

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#5 The same goes here since the sum of the voltages is -5 volts does the voltages of the diode become source, whereas the resistor becomes zero?

The voltage across the diode is the same as the voltage across the source, because the diode does not conduct, which implies that there is no current in the circuit, which implies that there are no voltage drops anywhere. If this is what you mean when you say that the diode "takes control" of the source voltage, then okay, sure. IMO that statement doesn't make too much sense, and a better way of saying it would be that the input voltage appears across the output.

I have a feeling this is true, I just always thought a diode stays at a constant +7 or -7 volts.

Sorry, I'm not understanding this either. "Stays constant" in what sense? And where did the seven volts come from?

cepheid ;2254575 said:
"If you are trying to "predict" the voltages across the output ports (the two dangling wires), and what you have handwritten there are your predictions, then I should point out that the prediction for #4 is not correct."

But, on the positive half cycle the diode is reverse bias so wouldn't it be correct then?

cepheid said:
The voltage across the diode is the same as the voltage across the source, because the diode does not conduct, which implies that there is no current in the circuit, which implies that there are no voltage drops anywhere. If this is what you mean when you say that the diode "takes control" of the source voltage, then okay, sure. IMO that statement doesn't make too much sense, and a better way of saying it would be that the input voltage appears across the output.

yes my wording is a little off that's what I meant.

cepheid said:
Sorry, I'm not understanding this either. "Stays constant" in what sense? And where did the seven volts come from?

I meant to put .7 volts and -.7 volts not 7 volts.

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But, on the positive half cycle the diode is reverse bias so wouldn't it be correct then?

The point I was making is that it is no longer a sine wave. Think about what 10 V peak-to-peak means. Is it true for the output voltage?

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I meant to put .7 volts and -.7 volts not 7 volts.

Oh okay. What did you mean with the "stays constant" part, by the way?

Basically there is a forward voltage drop of 0.7 V across the terminals of a diode (in the direction of the forward current) when it is conducting. That's it.

cepheid said:
Sorry, I'm not understanding this either. "Stays constant" in what sense? And where did the seven volts come from?

I just meant that the voltage across the diode does not change with a varying voltage like the voltage of say a resistor does. It stays at a constant .7 , .-7 or source voltage. I guess it does with the later.

The point I was making is that it is no longer a sine wave. Think about what 10 V peak-to-peak means. Is it true for the output voltage?

Why would it no longer be a sine wave? What if I translated it to peak voltage or RMS?

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