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This item is one segment of a two-part lab designed to help students become comfortable with using a multimeter. In this segment, users explore how to measure voltage, the electrical force that drives current between two points. Measurements begin with common household batteries and a light-emitting diode. In the final phase, students measure voltage in a small "hobby" motor. Materials are readily available, and may be used with either a digital or analog multimeter. Detailed diagrams enable novice learners to do set-up and take measurements.

This resource was developed to supplement the free textbook series All About Circuits, part of the Open Book Project. Each chapter is supplemented with related diagrams, photos, and detailed explanations of mathematical formulas.

SEE RELATED MATERIALS: for a link to the companion lab on measuring current using the ammeter function of a multimeter.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Currents
General Physics
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= Electronic Equipment
- High School
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Design Science License: http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/l_dsl.html
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DC circuits, circuits textbook, electricity experiment, electronic instrument, multimeter
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T. Kuphaldt, All About Circuits: Experiments: Voltmeter Usage, (2003), <https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/experiments/chpt-2/voltage-usage/>.
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Kuphaldt, T. (2008, April 20). All About Circuits: Experiments: Voltmeter Usage. Retrieved May 25, 2022, from https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/experiments/chpt-2/voltage-usage/
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All About Circuits: Experiments: Voltmeter Usage:

Is Supplemented By All About Circuits: Volume 1: Basic Concepts of Electricity

A link to Chapter 1, Volume 1 of the online textbook by the same author: All About Circuits. This particular lab experiment was developed to supplement the section "Basic Concepts of Electricity".

relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies All About Circuits: Experiments: Ammeter Usage

A related lab by the same author, designed to give students practice in using a multimeter to measure current in an electric circuit.

relation by Caroline Hall
Is a Teaching Guide For Physics Classroom: Series Circuits
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