Brief discharging capacitor voltage ramp using LM334 current source

A capacitor that is charging or discharging from a stead current will have a steady voltage change. A 1,000µF capacitor @ 1mA will change 1 volt per second. On an oscilloscope, this steady decrease in voltage looks like a downward ramp while the capacitor discharges at a steady current.

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Video below shows how to build this circuit on a breadboard.

Simple discharging capacitor voltage ramp circuit schematic by electronzap electronzapdotcom
Simple discharging capacitor voltage ramp circuit schematic by electronzap electronzapdotcom

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Quick discharging capacitor voltage ramp circuit schematic to breadboard build

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