NEETS Module 9 — Introduction to Wave- Generation and Wave-Shaping
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A TRAPEZOIDAL WAVE looks like a sawtooth wave sitting on top of a square wave. The leading
edge is called the JUMP voltage.
A TRIGGER is a very narrow pulse used to turn on or off another circuit.
A MULTIVIBRATOR is used to generate a square or rectangular wave. A multivibrator is basically
two amplifiers with regenerative feedback.
The ASTABLE MULTIVIBRATOR has no stable state.
The transistors alternately switch from cutoff to saturation at a frequency determined by the RC time constants of
the coupling circuits.
The MONOSTABLE MULTIVIBRATOR has one stable state. One transistor conducts while the other is
cut off. An external trigger must be applied to change this condition.
The BISTABLE MULTIVIBRATOR has two steady states. It remains in one of the stable states until
a trigger is applied. It then switches to the other stable state until another trigger is applied.
The bistable multivibrator is also known as a FLIP-FLOP. The two inputs are SET and CLEAR. The two outputs are
"1" and "0." A trigger pulse on the set input will cause the "1" output (negative or positive voltage depending on
the type transistor used). At the same time the "0" output will equal 0 volts. This is the SET state.
A CLEAR STATE of a flip-flop exists when the "1" output measures low voltage (or 0 volts) and
the "0" output is high voltage. The flip-flop will flop to the CLEAR state only upon application of a trigger
pulse to the CLEAR (C) input.
There is a third lead on some flip-flops. This lead is the TOGGLE (T) input. Every time a trigger pulse is
applied to the (T) input, the flip-flop will change states.
BLOCKING OSCILLATORS are used in applications which require a narrow pulse with sharp leading
and trailing edges. They are used as TRIGGER GENERATORS or FREQUENCY DIVIDERS.
A SAWTOOTH GENERATOR voltage waveform has a linear change in voltage and a fast recovery time.
The linear change in voltage is generated by taking the output from a capacitor. The sawtooth voltage waveform is
used to provide electrostatic deflection in oscilloscopes.
A TRAPEZOIDAL GENERATOR voltage waveform is used to provide, a linear increase in
current through a coil. A trapezoidal wave begins with a step or jump voltage, then a sawtooth wave. A trapezoidal
wave of voltage is used in electromagnetic deflection display devices.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS Q1. THROUGH Q14.
A5. RC coupling networks.
A9. SET state.
A11. Ten percent.
A12. Decreases linearity.
allow the capacitor time to discharge
A14. A resistor.
Introduction to Matter, Energy, and Direct Current,
to Alternating Current and Transformers, Introduction to Circuit Protection,
Control, and Measurement
, Introduction to Electrical Conductors, Wiring Techniques,
and Schematic Reading
, Introduction to Generators and Motors
Introduction to Electronic Emission, Tubes, and Power Supplies,
Introduction to Solid-State Devices and Power Supplies
Introduction to Amplifiers, Introduction to
Wave-Generation and Wave-Shaping Circuits
, Introduction to Wave Propagation, Transmission
Lines, and Antennas
, Microwave Principles,
, Introduction to Number Systems and Logic Circuits, Introduction
to Microelectronics, Principles of Synchros, Servos, and Gyros
Introduction to Test Equipment
, Radar Principles,
The Technician's Handbook,
Master Glossary, Test Methods and Practices,
Introduction to Digital Computers,
Magnetic Recording, Introduction to Fiber Optics