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First time using a breadboard

  1. Oct 1, 2014 #1


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    I want to build a circuit consisting of an oscillator, capacitor, and resistor connected in series. I've never used a breadboard before though, and I want to make sure nothing goes wrong.

    From what I understand, I need to wire the +ve of the oscillator in series with the capacitor and resistor. Then connect a reference to ground. I drew what I think this would look like in the image below:

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    So I have the +ve wired along bus 5 supplying power to the capacitor connected across a5 and c5. I then hook up the resistor along d5 so it is in series with the capacitor and create a short to d7. The -ve is located along bus 7.

    This would work I hope.
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  3. Oct 1, 2014 #2


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    Wow my first attempt was terrible. I have a new attempt that should actually work now I think:

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  4. Oct 1, 2014 #3
    That's right. If your current source is any sort of modern function generator you shouldn't worry too much about just hooking it up and seeing if it works. Function generators usually have a breaker and other built-in protection that'll keep you from burning them up if you make a mistake, as long as you aren't doing anything crazy.
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