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Half-Wave Rectification

  1. Feb 16, 2007 #1
    Is the period on a voltage vs. time graph for a half-wave signal the same as the period of a normal alternating current's waveform?

    Are there any good books that discuss rectification?

    Thank you.
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  3. Feb 16, 2007 #2


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    If the former signal is made by rectifying the latter, yes - they have the same period.

    However, if you a symmetric full-wave rectification on a sinusoidal (or other symmetric) signal, you halve the period (double the frequency).
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2007
  4. Feb 16, 2007 #3


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    Here's the wikipedia.org page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rectifier
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