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written by Tony Kuphaldt
This lab will help students gain confidence with using a multimeter to measure voltage in assorted batteries, an LED, and a small "hobby" motor. This activity is one of a two-part set of labs on multimeter use. Materials are readily available, and may be used with either a digital or analog multimeter. The 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.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Currents
General Physics
- Equipment
= Electronic Equipment
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Laboratory
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Applying Concepts of Electricity

A very good introduction to the multimeter, an electronic instrument that measures voltage, current, and resistance. It will help students become comfortable using either a digital or analog multimeter with batteries, an LED, and a simple "hobby" motor.

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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".

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Accompanies All About Circuits: Experiments: Ammeter Usage

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