Exercise 2.1: Rectification

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Periodic triangular signal

The graph shows the periodic signal  $x(t)$.  If  $x(t)$ is applied to the input of a non-linearity with the characteristic curve

$$y=g(x)=\left\{ {x \; \rm for\; \it x \geq \rm 0, \atop {\rm 0 \;\;\; \rm else,}}\right.$$

the signal  $y(t)$ is obtained at the output.  A second non-linear characteristic


delivers the signal  $z(t)$.




Which of the following statements are true?

$y = g(x)$  describes a half-wave rectifier.
$y = g(x)$  describes a full-wave rectifier.
$z = h(x)$  describes a half-wave rectifier.
$z = h(x)$  describes a full-wave rectifier.


What is the base frequency $f_0$  of the signal  $x(t)$?

$f_0 \ = \ $



What is the period duration  $T_0$  of the signal  $y(t)$?

$T_0 \ = \ $



What is the basic circular frequency  $\omega_0$  of the signal  $z(t)$?

$\omega_0 \ = \ $



(1)  Correct are the solutions 1 and 4:

  • The non-linear characteristic  $y = g(x)$  describes a half-wave rectifier.
  • $z = h(x) = |x|$  describes a full-wave rectifier.

(2)  The period duration  $x(t)$  is  $T_0 = 2\,\text{ms}$. The inverse magnitudes to the base frequency  $f_0 \hspace{0.1cm}\underline{ = 500\,\text{Hz}}$.

(3)  The half-wave rectification does not change the duration of the period, see the left graph:  $T_0 \hspace{0.1cm}\underline{= 2\,\text{ms}}$.

Periodic triangular signals

(4)  After full-wave rectification, the signal  $z(t)$  has double the frequency (see right graph). The following values apply here:

$$T_0 = 1\,\text{ms}, \hspace{0.5cm} f_0 = 1\,\text{kHz}, \hspace{0.5cm} \omega_0 \hspace{0.1cm}\underline{= 6283\,\text{1/s}}.$$