Zener Diodes

Zener Diode
In this lab, students will focus on Zener diodes, including their theory of operation, applications, and uses. They will first observe the function of a zener diode when used as a voltage regulator in circuit simulation. Then they will implement and test the circuits using the NI ELVIS III breadboard and IV Analyzer by appling voltage to a load through a zener diode. Students will lastly be asked to explain the concept and applications of Zener diodes in short answer questions.


This is lab 3 of 14 in the course, Analog Electronics.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the operation and application of Zener diodes.
  2. Discuss the potential uses of a Zener diode towards applications such as voltage regulation.
  3. Build and implement a voltage regulating circuit using a Zener diode.​


  • 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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