I have to find the components of a bandpass filter given only the two corner frequencies. The only components are \$C_1\$ and \$R_1\$ for the high pass, and \$R_2\$, \$C_2\$, and Load resistance (\$5\$M\$\Omega\$) on the low pass.

I set \$R_1\$ to \$10\$k\$\Omega\$ and got \$C_1 = 53.05\$nF when corner frequency for high pass is \$300\$Hz using \$C=1/2\pi fR_1\$.

However, for the low pass… I can't figure it out. I combined \$C_2\$ and the load into equivalent impedance \$Z\$ (they are in parallel), then plugged \$Z\$ into the transfer equation for a low pass filter where ever a \$C\$ would have normally appeared, and get \$C_2 = 1.588\$nF while \$R_2 = 10\$k\$\Omega\$ (setting transfer of low pass filter equal to \$1/\sqrt{2}\$). Also corner frequency of low pass filter is 10kHz. But the graph of the output voltage looks like a high pass filter only, and is in the micro volts and the -3db frequencies are nowhere even close… I don't get what is going wrong with the low pass filter

So was wondering if anyone can show me how to calculate the \$R\$ and \$C\$ values of the low pass filter part of a bandpass filter when it is connected to a load?

It is quite a basic bandpass filter, but imagine a 5Mohm load where Vout is.

## Best Answer

Your low pass filter is loading your high pass filter. Think of a simple voltage divider: . In general, if you have 2 circuits connected together, the first one's output to the second one's input, you do not want the second one to attenuate the signal that passes through the first one. Therefore, you must make sure that the second circuit's input impedance (represented by R2 in the voltage divider) is larger than your first circuit's output impedance. How much larger? The rule of thumb is 10x larger.

The output impedance of your high pass is roughly the value of R1, or 10 kOhm. The input impedance of your second circuit is also roughly R2 = 10 kOhm. So you need to decrease R1 by a factor of 10 or increase R2 by a factor of 10 (or some other combination such that R2 = 10R1) and adjust C1 and C2 accordingly to obtain the same cutoff frequencies. Once you do, you will see that your bandpass filter behaves much better.

Along the same lines, you don't want to increase R2 beyond 500 kOhm because your load is 5 MOhm. The same rule applies!