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Homework Help: Oscilloscope trigger homework problem

  1. Jan 14, 2009 #1
    http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/8941/webworks4ez6.jpg" [Broken].

    The first answer is 2.5V, but I'm having trouble getting ωt

    I'm using the equation: V = V0 sin(ωt) --> 2.5V = 5V sin(ωt) --> sin-1(2.5V/5V) = ωt --> ωt = 30 degrees but that's incorrect and so is -30 degrees

    I've just used an oscilloscope for the first time last week, and I don't know much about it. What does changing the trigger slope polarity affect in this case? Apparently the scope still triggers at 2.5V... please shed some light on me!
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  3. Jan 14, 2009 #2
    A positive trigger at 2.5 volts means that scope should trigger on a rising part of the waveform as it reaches 2.5 volts. Negative trigger means it will trigger on a falling part.

    It still triggers at 2.5 volts. But the waveform is falling.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2009
  4. Jan 14, 2009 #3
    Assuming Vo is equal to Vpeak then dividing the trigger voltage by Vpeak and finding its sine [ sin(Vt/Vo) ] will give you the phase angle.
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