The multimeter is a versatile test instrument that can measure, as a minimum, voltage (A.C. and D.C.), current and resistance and may also be able to measure transistor gain, capacitance and temperature depending on the type of multimeter being used.
The correct order of operation is (a) build your circuit (b) connect the multimeter leads to the correct terminals on the multimeter, (c) select the correct range on the multimeter and (d) add the multimeter to the working circuit.
Video (14 min): Watch the video about how to use the particular multimeter that I had available. The general principles can be applied to any multimeter. Pay particular attention to the different connections and the different settings used.
Reading: Read the webpage about using a multimeter which should consolidate the concepts introduced in the video.
Exercise: Complete the exercises and then use the answers to check your understanding.
Review your learning by working through the presentations or notes which summarise the website content.
Presentation: Powerpoint download. A closer look at each of the functions of the multimeter.
Notes: PDF download. Notes about how to use a multimeter.
Complete either the questions (pdf download) OR the on-line quiz. They are the same questions.
Questions: PDF download. Test your knowledge of using a multimeter.
Quiz: On-line quiz to check your understanding of how to use a multimeter.
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