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Electrical Measuring Instruments

Course Number: 724.1

The Electrical Measuring Instruments textbook covers the principles on which electrical test instruments operate. Basic instruments covered include voltmeter, ammeter, watt meter, ohmmeter, and meg ohmmeter. Covers AC metering, split-core ammeter, use of current and potential transformers. Includes detailed coverage of modern multimeter. Explains functions and uses of oscilloscopes.

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Chapter 1: Principles of Meter Operation

Topics: Digital meter design; Integrated ADCs; Displays; Introduction to analog meters; D'Arsonval movement; Magnetic shielding; Parallax error; Accuracy

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the terms digital meter and analog meter.
  • Describe the purpose of the analog-to-digital converter in a digital meter.
  • Identify and label graphs of integrator output from a dual-slope integrating meter.
  • Explain how time is related to voltage measurement in an integrating digital meter.
  • Differentiate among the terms accuracy, sensitivity, and resolution.
  • Explain how a D'Arsonval meter movement works.
  • Describe the parallax effect, and explain how to avoid it when using an analog meter.
  • State the sensitivity formula for an analog meter.

Chapter 2: Ammeters, Voltmeters, and Wattmeters

Topics: Measurement considerations; Measuring direct current; Multirange ammeters; Measuring alternating current; Voltmeters; Wattmeters

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the differences and similarities between an analog ammeter and a voltmeter.
  • Explain how ammeters and voltmeters are protected internally from overcurrent.
  • Explain how a make-then-break switch works.
  • Identify which meters should be connected in series in a circuit and which should be connected in parallel.
  • Describe how an analog wattmeter works.
  • Explain how it is possible to overload a wattmeter, even with the meter's pointer at less than full-scale deflection.

Chapter 3: Resistance Measurement

Topics: Measuring resistance with an ohmmeter; Checking and calibrating an ohmmeter; Shunt ohmmeters; Megohmmeters

Learning Objectives:

  • characteristic differences between a series ohmmeter and a shunt ohmmeter.
  • Explain why ohmmeter scales read from right to left, instead of left to right, and why they are nonlinear.
  • Describe the internal circuits and basic operation of an opposed-coil megohmmeter.
  • State the primary safety precaution to take when using an ohmmeter.
  • Describe two methods used by ohmmeter manufacturers to extend the range of their instruments.
  • Explain how to test for opens, shorts, and grounds, using a megohmmeter.
  • Describe how to make zero-adjustments on ohmmeters and megohmmeters.
  • Explain why variable resistors are needed in battery-powered ohmmeters.

Chapter 4: Multimeters

Topics: Graphical DMM; Advanced meter functions; Multimeter accessories and safety

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to measure ac and dc current and voltage with a multimeter.
  • Describe the function of a current probe.
  • Explain how to isolate the source of a glitch with a graphical multimeter.
  • Demonstrate how to read the screen display of a graphical multimeter in the Trend mode.
  • Explain why you set a meter to its highest range before taking your first measurement.
  • Define autoranging and auto-polarity.
  • List three safety precautions to take when using multimeters.

Chapter 5: Oscilloscopes

Topics: Kinds of oscilloscopes; Triggering; Digital oscilloscopes; Dual-trace oscilloscopes; Controls; Probes; Oscilloscopes in troubleshooting

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how an analog oscilloscope works.
  • Describe advantages of a digital oscilloscope over an analog oscilloscope.
  • Demonstrate how to measure voltage with an oscilloscope.
  • Show two methods of determining phase angles with an oscilloscope.

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