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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 current, the rate of electron flow in a circuit. It contains explicit instructions on how to connect a battery to an incandescent lamp and use test probes to measure current. Teachers may extend the activity with a breadboard or terminal strip.  Detailed diagrams are provided for each phase of the experiment.

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 voltage
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Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
= Currents
General Physics
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= Electronic Equipment
- High School
- Instructional Material
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April 20, 2008

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

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

This is a companion lab to the resource directly above, "Voltmeter Usage". It helps students get practice in using the ammeter function of a multimeter to measure current -- the rate of electron flow in a circuit. Detailed instructions and photos make set-up easy.

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T. Kuphaldt, (2003), WWW Document, (https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/experiments/chpt-2/ammeter-usage/).
T. Kuphaldt, All About Circuits: Experiments: Ammeter Usage (2003), <https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/experiments/chpt-2/ammeter-usage/>.
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Kuphaldt, T. (2008, April 20). All About Circuits: Experiments: Ammeter Usage. Retrieved June 15, 2024, from https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/experiments/chpt-2/ammeter-usage/
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Kuphaldt, Tony. All About Circuits: Experiments: Ammeter Usage. April 20, 2008. https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/experiments/chpt-2/ammeter-usage/ (accessed 15 June 2024).
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Kuphaldt, Tony. All About Circuits: Experiments: Ammeter Usage. 2003. 20 Apr. 2008. 15 June 2024 <https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/experiments/chpt-2/ammeter-usage/>.
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Accompanies All About Circuits: Experiments: Voltmeter Usage

A related lab by the same author, designed to give students practice in using a multimeter to measure voltage.

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