Diodes in a Rectifier

Circuit Set-up
In this lab, students will learn about the applications of diodes in rectifiers and examine the components and operations of a full-wave rectifier. First, students will learn theory about a diode's role in a rectifier and complete several short answer questions to confirm their understanding. Then students will use Multisim Live to simulate a rectifier in a circuit and test their finding by implementing a full-wave rectifier on a breadboard. Finally, students will explore the use of filter circuits in rectifiers using an oscilloscope, all the while documenting their results.


This is lab 2 of 14 in the course, Analog Electronics.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the operation and application of rectifiers.
  2. Identify the pathway of current through a rectifier and describe how diodes control this current flow.
  3. Implement a full-wave rectifier with filtering to convert an AC signal to DC. 


  • 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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