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Homework Help: Get Current and Voltage with a Circuit with Diodes

  1. Oct 20, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find the V and I in the circuit shown below:

    2. Relevant equations
    • D1 or 2 is off=short circuit
    • D1 or 2 is on=open circuit

    3. The attempt at a solution
    So, my confusion lies with deciding the on and offs of D1 and D2 . My assumption is that both of them are on and that is due to them in forward bias. However, when I looked online, D2 was off and D1 was on. Based on how the current is going into D2, how is D2 off?

    Any help is much appreciated!
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  3. Oct 20, 2016 #2


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    Your Relevant Equations are backwards, BTW. On=short and Off=open for diodes.

    What is the typical forward voltage for a silicon diode? What is the anode voltage for D2 if it is off? And if D2 were on, what would that do to the Anode voltage?
  4. Oct 20, 2016 #3
    Thank you for the response!

    Aww, I'm sorry. Yeah it does look like they are bakwards (was in a rush). Thank you for that.

    Im sorry, but what do you mean by anode voltage? My assumption was that d2 was forward positive because:
  5. Oct 21, 2016 #4
    Basically, I think I want to know why D1 and D2 both cant be on.
  6. Oct 21, 2016 #5


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    Look for circuit behavior contradiction(s) if you assume that both are on. For a quick evaluation, assume that the diodes are ideal (no forward voltage or resistance). What would be the potential V on your diagram? Determine all the currents through the components (should be simple if you know the potential drops on the resistors and KCL for the junctions). What do you get?
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