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PART 1: DIODES
Yenka activity: Current in Diodes
City planners have to consider how best to keep traffic moving to deliver goods to homes and
businesses served by roads. Many cities now have one-way streets to control where vehicles
can go. Diodes perform a similar function in an electric circuit.
Task 1: Current in a diode
Model 1
1. Open the Yenka activity week 9 file Diodes_model1.cxp.
2. Use the switches to turn on each of the circuits. Observe any current arrows.
3. Give two differences between the first two circuits.
4. The last two circuits use an alternating current source. How many times does each of
the bulbs in the last two circuits flash in one minute? Explain the difference.
A diode acts as a one-way street for current. When it is connected with the arrow
symbol pointing away from the more positive terminal, electrons can flow through the
diode causing a current.
Task 2: A practical application of diodes
1. Open the Yenka activity week 9 file Diodes_model2.cxp.
2. Make sure you have the graph visible and turn on the switch for the first circuit.
Observe the current graph. Sketch the circuit and the graph below.
Circuit
Graph (label axes)
3. Repeat 2 for the second circuit. What is the difference? Why?
Sketch the circuit and the graph below.
Circuit
Graph (label axes)
4. Repeat 2 for the last circuit. How does it compare with the other two? What is the
practical benefit to energy efficiency of this arrangement?
Sketch the circuit and the graph below.
Circuit
Graph (label axes)
5. Use your finger to trace the current from the top of the voltage supply, through the
diodes, through the resistor and back to the bottom of the supply. Then follow it back
again as the current reverses. On your previous circuit diagram show the direction of
current flows in opposite directions through the circuit using arrows of two different
colours. Remember the diodes act as one-way streets for current. Why would this
arrangement be necessary for a device that uses direct current?
A single diode produces half-wave rectification when used with an AC signal. The
third circuit uses diodes in an arrangement that gives full wave rectification. When
used with a capacitor, afull wave rectifier can provide a DC supply from an AC
source.
PHYSICS QUESTIONS: DIODES
Give answers to 2 significant figures
Consider the circuit shown below to answer Questions 1 – 4.
30
60V
60
40
50
1
Calculate the effective resistance of this circuit.
Equivalent circuit diagram + calculations
(2 marks)
2
Calculate the current in each of the four resistors shown above.
Show all formula(s) and calculations
(2 marks)
I30A
I40A
I50A
I60A
3
Calculate the voltage drop across each resistor. Answer on next page
Show all formula(s) and calculations
(2 marks)
V30
V
V40
V
4
Calculate the total power dissipated in this circuit.
Show all formula(s) and calculations
V50
V
V60
V
(2 marks)
W
Questions 5-7 refer to the following information.
You have a battery, four 3 resistors and a switch. How would you arrange the resistors to give a total
effective resistance of:
5
0.75
Circuit diagram + calculation required
6
4
Circuit diagram + calculation required
7
(1 mark)
(2 marks)
7.5
Circuit diagram + calculation required
(2 marks)
Questions 8 – 14 refer to the following two graphs.
A diode and a light globe have I-V characteristics shown in the figures below:
The diode and light globe are connected to a 2.0 V DC source as shown in the diagram
below.
8
9
Does the globe light up? Yes or No.
(1 mark)
Answer either Question 10 or 11 below, depending on your answer to Question 9 above.
If globe does light up, calculate the current – in mA – that flows in the globe.
Include an explanation and calculations
(1 mark)
mA
10
If globe doesnot light up, explain why not.
(1 mark)
The diode and light globe are now connected as shown below. Note that the new battery
voltage has been increased to 2.3 volts DC.
2.3V DC
11
12
Does the globe light up? Yes or No.
(1 mark)
Answer either Question 13 or 14 below, depending on your answer to Questions 12 above.
If globe lights up, calculate the current – in mA – that flows in the globe.
Include explanation and calculations Answer in mA(1 mark)
mA
13
If globe does not light up, explain why not.
(1 mark)
14
The 2.3V DC source is now replaced with a low frequency AC source. What do you
observe? Explain your observation.
Observation + explanation required.
(2 marks)
Observation:
Explanation:
Questions 15 -17 refer to the following graph.
A thermistor is a device the resistance of which varies with temperature. The resistancetemperature characteristic for a thermistor is shown below.
15
What is the value of the resistance of the thermistor at 20C?
Answer required.
(1mark)
The thermistor is incorporated into the control circuit for the refrigeration unit of a coolroom
the circuit is shown below.
The relay switches the refrigeration unit ON when voltage, V, across variable resistor R4V
and switches OFF when V < 4 V.
The refrigeration unit must turn on when the temperature of the coolroom rises to, or exceeds,
5C.
16
At what value should variable resistor R be set so that the refrigeration turns on at this
temperature?
Formula and calculations required.
(2 marks)
17
The coolroom is not cold enough. To set the temperature lower, should R be increased or
decreased? Explain your answer.
Explanation required.
(3 marks)
PART 2: AMPLIFIERS
Yenka activity: TheAmplifier
Open Yenka. Click onNew Model. From the Parts Library (on the left of screen) click on
Electronics, Analogue. Drag the following components shown below on to the simulation window:
Power supplies (Zero volt rail), Passive components (resistors 2), Signal Generators (Signal
generator), Integrated circuits (741 Operational amplifier), Meters (Voltmeter). Click on each
component to rotate it if required (a small circle should appear above the component).Clickon the
signal generator to select it, and change the frequency to 0.1 Hz and the peak voltage to 2
volts in the properties pane that appears to the left of the workspaceSave your file as you go
along!
To wire components together, click and drag with your mouse. Refer to the Help menu if you are not
sure what to do here. Save your file!
From the Parts Library click Presentation and drag the Graph icon onto the simulation window.
Click and drag on the Target tool next to the red dash on the graph part so that a dashed line connects
the tool to the signal generator of the circuit. It connects when the line goes solid (to show that an
association has been made). Release the mouse button. The line now turns a red-dashed colour. Click
on the graph pane and go to Traces in the graph window at left and make sure that this is Trace 1 and
Red. Click on Trace 2 in the drop down menu. Tick the Show Trace box. It should be blue. Another
Target tool should appear in the graph window. Repeat the above procedure for the Target tool but
this time drag the tool to the voltmeter. This should be a blue-dashed colour.
Save your file!
Click on Property... just to the left of the Y-axis on the graph and choose Voltage from the list that
appears for both Target tools. Select the graph and open the Properties pane. Open the Y-axis section
and set the Min. and Max. values to -10 and 10V. Open the X-axis section and set the Min. and Max.
values to 0 and 50s. Two traces should appear on your graph. Save your file!
Feedback
resistor
Click if need to
re-start the
graph
Yenka activity: Transistor Amplifier
Question 1
Copy the two traces from your Yenka graph. You should have a red trace and a blue trace.Clearly
label and number your axes and traces.
Question 2
Is this an inverting or a non-inverting amplifier? Explain your answer.
What is the voltage gain of this amplifier?
Question 3
Change the value of the feedback resistor to achieve the maximum voltage gain for this particular
amplifier. Sketch the graphs and write the feedback resistor value.
Question 4
Change the value of the feedback resistor to observe the clipping of the output voltage. Sketch the
graph and write the feedback resistor value.
PHYSICS QUESTIONS: AMPLIFIERS
A small voltage amplifier has the transfer characteristic shown below.
VOUT
VIN
1
Calculate the linear gain of the amplifier (magnitude and sign) and state whether this
amplifier is inverting or non-inverting.
Formula and calculation required.
(2
marks)
Linear Gain
Mag
Sign
Inverting / Noninverting
A 2.0Vp-p (1.0V) AC input signal is applied to the amplifier as shown below.
V
Input signal
(Volts)
5
4
3
2
1
– 1
3
6
9
t (s) time
(ms)
– 2
– 3
– 4
– 5
2
On the graph above draw the output AC signal.
marks)
(2
Questions 3-7 refer to the following information.
A single stage npn transistor amplifier and its transfer characteristic are shown on the
next page. The transistor is correctly biased.
+10V
R1
VIN
VOUT
VR2
R2
Vout (V)
10
0
0.8
3
What are the DC input and output biasing voltages?
Biasing Input Voltage
4
V
(2 marks)
Biasing Output Voltage
What are maximum and minimum possible output voltages?
Min:
5
Vin (V)
1.8
V
What is the value of R2 when R1 is 10k?
Formula and calculations required.
marks)
Max:
V
(2 marks)
V
(3
A 1.6Vp-p (0.8V) AC input signal VIN is now applied to the transistor as shown below.
VIN
(V)
0.8
2
4
6
8 t (ms)
−0.8
6
On the axes below sketch the AC input signal after biasing when a 1.6Vp-p (0.8V) AC
input signal is applied.
Biasing voltage graph + clearly numbered axes(2 marks)
VIN after
biasing
(V)
2
4
6
8
t (ms)
7
On the axes below sketch the AC output signal (see circuit diagram) when an AC input
signal VINof 1.6Vp-p (0.8V) is applied.Comment on the quality of the signal.
Complete Graph. Clearly numbered Y-axis
(3 marks)
VOUT
(V)
2
4
6
8
t (ms)
Comment on signal
8
9
What is attenuation?
Explanation required
(2 marks)
Describe the skin effect in copper wires and explain why it occurs?
Explanation required
(3 marks)
10 Explain why the light signals in optical fibres are not affected by the skin effect?
Explanation required
(2 marks)
11 Compare the information-carrying capacity of copper wires and optical fibres?
Explanation required
(2 marks)
MORE PHYSICS QUESTIONS
A circuit using an LDR is shown below. The fixed resistance R1 is 9.0k.
10V
1
0
R1
VOUT
R
2
V
The LDR has the characteristics shown below. The resistances on the Y-axis are in k
Resistance
(k)
Light Intensity
(lux)
1
What will be the output voltage VOUT when the light intensity is 500 lux?
Formula and calculation required
(2 marks)
V
2
It was decided to use the circuit above as a night light, ie, a light will switch on at VOUT
when the light level outside decreases to a certain level.
Will this circuit work as a night light? If so explain why it works. If it does not work
explain why not and suggest an alternative circuit that will allow VOUT to turn on.
Answer + explanation/circuit diagram
(3 marks)
Does this circuit work as a night light?
Explanation:
A light-emitting diode (LED) is a special type of diode that emits light when the current
is greater than about 20mA. The figure below shows the I-V characteristic for an LED.
The LED is used in the circuit shown below and is observed to glow brightly. The 50
resistor is included to prevent too large a current flowing which might damage the LED.
3
Calculate the potential difference across the 50 resistor, VYZ
Explanation and calculations required in your solution
(2 marks)
V
4
What is the current, in milliamps, through the LED in the circuit shown above?
Explanation and calculations required in your solution
(2 marks)
V
A student carries out a practical activity on an LED. She initially sets up the circuit shown
below. She can measure the voltage across the diode and the resistor as well as the EMF
supplied by the variable DC power supply, giving an I-V graph for the diode (see below).
The light output increases as the forward current, IF, through the LED increases.
IF
A
A
R=500
5
The current IF in the circuit is 150 mA. Calculate the voltage drop across the resistor.
Formula and calculations required
(2 marks)
V
6
Calculate the voltage of the supply.
Formula and calculations required
(2 marks)
V
7
Audio CDs are scanned by laser light. The reflected light is detected by a photodiode. A
possible circuit is shown below right. The variation in photodiode current as a function of
light intensity is shown below left.
+5V
°
30
photodiode
current
(A)
20
°
photodiode
10
VOUT
R = 200
50
150
°
250
light intensity (lux)
When light falls on the photodiode the output voltage VOUT is 6.0mV. What is the intensity
of the light, in lux, that is striking the photodiode? Note: the phototdiode current is
proportional to the light intensity.
Formula and calculations required
(2 marks)
lux
The following is a phototransistor (PT) circuit. The light is incident upon the base region
of the PT and produces a collector current IC.
IC
RC
10V
PT
VOUT
8
When light of intensity 100 lux falls on the PT a current of 1.0A flows in the circuit and
the output voltage VOUT = 4.0V. What is the value of RC in M?
Formula and calculations required
(2 marks)
M
The light intensity is changed, and the output voltage VOUT is now 7.0V.
9 What is the value, in lux, of this new light intensity?
Formula and calculations required
(3 marks)
lux
The circuit below is used to detect a customer as they enter and leave a shop by walking through
a light beam. The light source is a light-emitting diode (LED), and the light sensor is a lightdependent resistor (LDR). The 11V power supply delivers a current of 3.0mA.
I=3.0mA
R = 5.0k
11V
R=1.0k
ILDR
The characteristics of the LDR are shown on the next page.
A butterfly happens to fly through the shop door and momentarily breaks the light beam. The
incident light intensity at the LDR is 10 lux.
10 Calculate the currentILDR. , in mA, in the LDR circuit.
Formula and calculations required
(2 marks)
mA
11 Calculate the resistance of the LEDthat gave rise to the light beam.
Formula and calculations required
(3 marks)
Questions 1 to 3 relate to the following information.
Figure 1 shows the connection of 6 identical resistors of unknown resistances and a 10 V battery.
Rob has connected 4 ammeters and 1 voltmeter to the circuit as shown. The ammeter A1 gives a
reading of 40mA.
Question 1
What reading will rob observe on ammeters A2, A3 and A4?
Question 2
What is the value of the total resistance in the circuit?
Question 3
What is the resistance of R3?

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