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Many OP-AMPs have two pins labeled OFFSET NULL. When both inputs are connected to the same voltage, the output should be zero. If the project requires a zero output under these conditions, the OFFSET NULL should be adjusted by adding a 10k pot between the Offset Null pins with the centre of the pot connected to 0v.
By adjusting the pot, the output will produce 0v.


The circuit shows an OP-AMP connected as a NON-INVERTING AMPLIFIER:



The circuit shows an OP-AMP connected as an INVERTING AMPLIFIER:



The circuit shows an OP-AMP connected as a VOLTAGE FOLLOWER:


The OP-AMP can compare two signals (voltages). This is called a COMPARATOR or DIFFERENTIAL AMPLIFIER (amplifies the difference between two signals).
There are two arrangements - connection to a single rail or dual rails. The animations below show the output for each configuration:



The OP-AMP can be wired as a Schmitt trigger. The diagram below shows this arrangement:

When the input of the Schmitt Trigger is LOW, the output is HIGH.
As the input rises, nothing happens to the output until the input is 3v3. This is the voltage on the "+" input due to the effect of the three 10k resistors. These 3 resistors form a voltage divider with two 10k resistors connected to the 5v supply and one 10k resistor connected to 0v.
When the "" input is 3v3, the output of the OP-AMP goes LOW and it remains LOW until the input falls to less than 1v6. The 1v6 voltage on the "+" input is produced by the three 10k resistors. When the output is LOW, one 10k resistor is connected to the 5v supply and two resistors are connected to the 0v rail. This produces 1v6 on the "+" input.
The purpose of a Schmitt Trigger is to detect and respond to a signal that rises and falls a large amount - in other words it has "large excursions."
There are also signals that rise and fall very slowly - such as a photo transistor detecting daylight.
During the detection process, the output will rise and fall slightly during the morning light and the change from one level to the other will cause the project to turn on and off.
This is unwanted. The Schmitt trigger will produce an output when a definite condition is met and will not change until the daylight is reduced considerably.


Here are some practical circuits using OP-AMPS:

When the push-button is pressed and released, the LED illuminates after a period of time. The heart of the circuit is an OP-AMP configured as a comparator. The operation is as follows. When the voltage at "+" input is less than the voltage at "" input, the output at the output is LOW. When voltage at "+" input is more than the voltage at "" input, output is HIGH.  It is usual to hold the voltage at "" input at a particular voltage, known as the reference voltage, and vary the voltage at "+" input to obtain a particular function. The two 10k resistors connected in series form a voltage divider, the voltage at the mid-point being 4.5v
The 500k pot sets the time for the 2200u to charge above 4v5. The 1k stop-resistor prevents a short-circuit if the pot is set to minimum resistance and the button is pressed.
Pressing the switch resets the circuit.

A simple intercom can be built around an OP-AMP:

A simple amplifier can be added to a crystal set with an LM1458 OP-AMP:

The following circuit shows a simple triangle/squarewave generator using a common 1458 dual op-amp to produce very low frequencies to about 10 KHz. The time interval for one half cycle is about R*C and the outputs will supply about 10mA. Triangle amplitude can be altered by adjusting the 47k resistor and waveform offset can be removed by adding a capacitor in series with the output.

Here is a list of OP AMPS from FUTURELEC with prices and links for each device:

CA3130E CMOS Operational Amplifier $1.10
CA3140E Bi-CMOS Operational Amplifier $0.69
CA3401N Quad Amplifier $0.65
LF347N Quad JFET Input Op Amp (Wideband) $0.75
LF351N BiFET Op Amp $0.69
LF353N Dual BiFET Op Amp $0.55
LF355N JFET Input Op Amp Low Supply Curr. $0.75
LF356N JFET Input Op Amp $0.75
LF357N JFET Input Op Amp (Wideband Dec.) $0.90
LF398N Sample and Hold Circuit $1.79
LF411CN Low Offset Drift JFET Input Op-Amp $1.10
LF412CN Low Offset Drift JFET Input Dual Op-Amp $1.30
LM10CN Op Amp and Voltage Reference $4.95
LM1458N Dual Operational Amplifier $0.35
LM2902N Low Power Quad Operational Amplifier $0.65
LM301H Improved Op Amp $2.95
LM301N Improved Op Amp $0.65
LM308N Precision Op Amp $2.30
LM310N Non-Inverting Op Amp $1.95
LM318N Precision Hi-Speed Op Amp $0.79
LM324N Low Power Quad Op Amp $0.30
LM3403N Quad Operational Amplifier $0.85
LM348N Quad 741 Op Amp $0.45
LM358AN Low Power Dual Op Amp $0.45
LM358N Low Power Dual Op Amp $0.35
LM725CN Instrumentation Op Amp $2.50
LM733CN Differential Amplifier $0.79
LM741-14N Operational Amplifier $0.35
LM741CH Operational Amplifier $1.95
LM741CN Operational Amplifier $0.25
LM747CN Dual 741 Operation Amplifier $0.95
LM837N Low-Noise Quad Operational Amplifier $1.95
LMC660CN CMOS Quad Op Amp $2.05
NE5532 Dual Low-Noise Operational Amplifier $0.55
NE5534 Low Noise Operational Amplifier $0.75
OP07 Ultra Low Offset Voltage Op Amp $0.90
RC4136N Quad Operational Amplifier $0.85
TL062CP Low-Power JFET Op Amp $0.40
TL064CN Low-Power JFET Input Op Amp $0.95
TL071CP Low Noise JFET Op Amp $0.50
TL072CP Low Noise JFET Dual Op Amp $0.55
TL074CN Low Noise JFET Quad Op Amp $0.80
TL081CP JFET Input Op Amp $0.49
TL082CP JFET Input Dual Op Amp $0.60
TL084CN JFET Input Quad Op Amp $0.55

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