Lab 1: RC Circuits

RC Circuit using DC Connection with Analog Discovery 2
This lab covers the basic characteristics of RC Circuits, including both DC and AC analysis, simulation, and experimentation. Students will learn about the equations that govern capacitor charging and discharging, the RC circuit time constant, and be introduced to using RC circuits as low-pass and high-pass filters. Advanced students can build on the lab and challenge themselves to design band-pass and band-stop RC filters.
by National Instruments


This is lab 1 of 7 in the course, Complementary Labs for Electrical Engineering.


  • RC Circuits Lab Manual



  • Introductory Circuits

Related Resources


These labs enable students to apply the skills they learn.

Analog Discovery 2

Gives students access to a 100 MS/s oscilloscope, a logic analyzer, and six other instruments in a pocket-sized lab device.

Multisim Live

Multisim Live is an online, touch-optimized component of Multisim, so students can design and simulate their circuits anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Required Software

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  • Multisim Live Premium Account
  • Digilent WaveForms 2015


Required Hardware

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  • Analog Discovery 2 - NI Edition
  • Prototyping Breadboard
  • Wires
  • 1uF Electrolytic Capacitor
  • 1 kΩ Resistor
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