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How to time a circuit

  1. Feb 12, 2006 #1
    i basically have a circuit using a resistor and a capacitor as a potential divider. i have the output as a light bulb and i am timing how long it takes for the light bulb to come on. how can i time this accurately without using a stop clock?
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  3. Feb 12, 2006 #2
    there are some theoretical ways to time this delay. You can see it in details in any books relating to the control sciences. But I'm affraid about the existance of any experimental method (because of the your accuracy limits).
    Anyway, Good Luck!!!
  4. Feb 12, 2006 #3
    i think what i would try is to just hook up the output to an oscilloscope. The scope will read a zero before you hit the switch and high voltage once the bulb is on and since this isn't instantaneous, you could zoom into the area where the graph slopes up from a low to high voltage (there are cursors so it should be easy)
  5. Feb 12, 2006 #4
    Well there is a time delay in any electronic device!!! Let me ask you another question. Why you need to know that time lag???
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