pcomp w4 class notes

Pulse width modulation:

  • voltage turns on and off, etc
  • pulse width: time that it’s on
  • duty cycle: proportion of time that it’s on or off
  • looks at duty cycle (amount that it’s on vs amount that it’s off over the length of the wave) andĀ uses variation to communicate to some other device


Potentiometer: different values as it turns
Servo: uses the pulse width to determine the position; microchip looks at pulse width that comes in from arduino, changes the direction

Servo connected to a potentiometerĀ 

When you have one frequency of sound, it’s one sound; if you’re able to change the frequency with pulse width modulation, you can make music

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