In this lab students will examine a diode's main characteristics and functions, as well as some of its notable uses in the real world. First, students learn about the fundamental behavior of diodes by simulating a circuit in Multisim Live. Then they confirm that behavior by building a circuit and measuring the current through a diode. Throughout this process they will also be answering multiple short answer questions to confirm their understanding. Then, students will use and examine the behavior of diodes in application circuits, including a clipper circuit and a half-wave rectifier.


This is lab 1 of 14 in the course, Analog Electronics.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the operation and application of a diode.
  2. Determine the behavior of a diode using the current-voltage curves through simulation, then validate the behavior through instrumentation.
  3. Observe the behavior of a simple application circuit, such as a half-wave rectifier or a clipping circuit, and discuss the role of diodes in that circuit. 


  • Basic proficiency using Multisim Live
  • Basic proficiency using ELVIS III Instruments
  • Basic knowledge of breadboarding
  • Basic knowledge of components and their behaviors

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