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Wien Bridge Oscillator Lab

Activity Description

A Wien bridge oscillator circuit built using an op amp is used to develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of self-sustained oscillation, including important general concepts from nonlinear dynamics.

Learning Objectives

  • This is an advanced technical competency aimed at gaining proficiency in a variety of analytical, numerical, and experimental tools required for the design electronic oscillators and for applying the underlying principles to research and innovation projects.


12 hours of lab time plus 12 hours of study and numerical investigation

Target audience

Upper division undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals seeking cross-training to support innovation work.

Suggested context for implementation

An advanced upper division lab course or independent study with access to electronics prototyping and test equipment including power supplies, digital multimeters, and a 50 MHz two channel digital sampling oscilloscope.