# RC INTEGRATOR AND DIFFERENTIATOR

AIM

To design and setup an RC integrator and differentiator circuits

COMPONENTS AND EQUIPMENTS REQUIRED

1. Capacitors

2. Resistors

3. Signal generator

4. CRO

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM AND DESIGN

1.      DIFFERENTIATOR WITH INPUT FREQUENCY 1 KHZ

Input voltage is 20 v pp.

DESIGN

RC<0.0016T; Take R= 5.6 K (To avoid the loading R should be more than ten times the resistance of signal generator)   So   C= 220 p F  ( T=I ms  because the input frequency is I kHz)

2.      INTEGRATOR

DESIGN

RC>16 T

T= 1 ms, Take R=5.6 K to avoid loading effect of signal generator.

So C=2.2 uF (approximately)

THEORY

A differentiator gives the derivative of input voltage as output.  A differentiator using passive components resistors and capacitors is a high pass filter. The circuit is shown .It acts as a differentiator only when the time constant is too small. The voltage at output is proportional to the current through the capacitor. The current through the capacitor can be expressed as   C dv/dt. The output is taking across the resistor. So output will be RC dv/dt. Thus differentiation of input takes place.

When a square wave is applied at the input, during the positive half cycle capacitor charges. So initially the voltage across the resistor will be the applied voltage. As the capacitor charges, the voltage across resistor decreases.

Now consider the case of integrator. It is a low pass filter. Here the time constant of the circuit should be very large. Here output is taking across the capacitor. As the input square wave is applied, during the positive half cycle the voltage across capacitor increases from zero, to the maximum (peak value of applied voltage). During the negative half cycle, the capacitor starts to discharge and comes to zero. This process repeats for the remaining cycles and a triangular wave is obtained.

PROCEDURE

1. Set up the differentiator circuit.

2. Apply the square wave of 5V pp at 1 KHz.

3. Observe the output and plot it.

4. Do the above steps for differentiator also.

WAVE FORMS

1.      DIFFERENTIATOR

2.      INTEGRATOR

RESULT

Integrator and differentiator circuits were designed and set up .Output wave forms were plotted.

SAMPLE VIVA QUESTIONS

1.      What is a high pass filter?

High pass filter is a circuit which passes frequencies above a cut off frequency.

2.      What is the requirement of a high pass filter to act as differentiator?

The time constant should be very less.

3.      What is low pass filter?

A circuit which passes all frequencies below a cut off is called a low pass filter.

4.      What is the requirement of a low pass filter to act as integrator?

Time constant should be high

5.      What is time constant of an RC circuit?

It is the time needed to charge the capacitor to 63.2% of input voltage.

6.      Mention one application of the RC integrator and differentiator.

In amplitude modulation circuits

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• vengaiah
July 22, 2014

Easy and have sufficient theory and easy to understand

• Bob
December 20, 2013

Nice and easy to understand….

• sachin132
September 13, 2012

its too good.. am preparing my notes from here only..

• RICK
November 9, 2011

Please Show Us The Schematic,,,,I Would Like To Breadboard and Test out This Circuit(s) Many Thanks From Rick!!

• vijay
November 7, 2011

Sir, i cannot able to view the circuit diagram and the graph, why it happen so, whether it requires any software?, please help us in this issue,

• favas.v.j
August 15, 2011

sir,
i would like to know about the comparison b/n RC integrator&differentiator.

• jeni
April 27, 2011

nice its easy to understand……

• Tinu
December 10, 2010

Sir,
I think, it is better to include the practical importance of such circuits.As a student it will be more effective.
Thanks

• Akbar
August 12, 2009

(1)how i can remmember what type of time constant in CR and LR Differentiator and Integrator cct have? i.e long or short .
(2) Where to take output from CR and LR Differentiator and Integrator cct ?
Thanks

• sumathy
July 29, 2009

Hello,
the circuit and the respective graph is not activated only text is coming what is the reason
thanx, may i expect a reply?

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• ASIF
June 5, 2009

very good site yaaarr..very easy to study..

• niranjan
March 2, 2009

sir i have performed this expt.
in differentiator o/p will be more than i/p
what’s the reason?….