Inverting Amplifier maximum output voltage

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I'm doing a physics lab that involves an inverting amplifier. I'm pretty crap when it comes to electronics. I've discovered that the output voltage won't go past 8Vrms.

The amplifier is like the one here
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Op-Amp_Inverting_Amplifier.svg&page=1


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I'm thinking that this is due to the DC power supply for the op amp being 12V. Would I be right in thinking that the maximum Vp (peak voltage as measured on the oxcilloscope) which in my case is 11.5V is due to the 12V DC power supply?

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You are obviously using dual +/- 12V supplies for your op amp.

8V rms is about 22.4V peak-to-peak which is close to 24V, the sum of your supplies.

Decidedly, you are being limited by the power supply voltages! Every op amp requires a minimum voltage drop from its output to either supply.
 
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Thanks rude man
 
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See "Output Voltage Swing" on page 3.

http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/lm741.pdf

For this opamp they don't guarantee you can get within 3 or 4 V of the supply rails. eg on +/-15V rails the output can swing to +/- 12V at best depending on the output load.

Just one of the many ways a real world opamp differes from an ideal amp.
 

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