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19.1: Theory Overview

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    The concept of differentiation is usually described as “finding the slope of the curve.” There are many uses for this function, including waveshaping and analog computing. An ordinary amplifier ideally changes only the amplitude of the input signal. A differentiator can change the waveform of the input signal, for example, turning a triangle wave into a square wave. A practical differentiator cannot be used at just any frequency. There exists a useful range of differentiation, outside of which the circuit does not produce the desired effect.


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