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# Q1. What are two ways that circuit measurement is used?

## (1) Monitor the operation of a piece of electrical or electronic equipment and

(2) determine the reason a piece of electrical or electronic equipment is not functioning properly.

Q2. Why are in-circuit meters used?
In-circuit meters are used to monitor the operation of electrical or electronic devices.

Q3. What is one advantage of an out-of-circuit meter when it is compared with an in-
circuit meter?
Out-of-circuit meters can be used on more than one electrical or electronic device.

Q4. How does a compass react when placed close to a current carrying conductor?
The compass needle swings away from magnetic north and aligns itself with the magnetic field
around the conductor.

Q5.If the amount of current in the conductor changes, what happens to the magnetic
field around the conductor?
If the current increases the magnetic field increases; if the current decreases the magnetic field
decreases.

Q6. How does the compass needle react to a decreased magnetic field?
The compass needle will not be deflected as far from magnetic north.

Q7. What type of meter movement is the dArsonval meter movement?
A permanent-magnet moving-coil meter movement used in most electrical and electronic meters.

Q8. What is the effect of current flow through coil in a dArsonval meter movement?
A magnetic field is generated around the coil and the attraction of this field with the permanent
magnet causes the coil to move.

Q9. What are three functions of the hairsprings in a dArsonval meter movement?
To return the pointer to its rest position when there is no current flow; to oppose the coil
movement when there is current flow; to provide electrical connections for the coil.

Q10. How would a compass react when placed close to a conductor carrying
alternating current at a low frequency?
The compass needle would swing back and forth as the current changed from positive to negative.

Q11. How would the compass react if the alternating current through the conductor
was a high frequency?
The compass needle would vibrate rapidly around the zero-current point ac meter (magnetic
north).

Q12. What is the purpose of a rectifier in a meter?
Rectifier changes alternating current to pulsating direct current and allows dc meter to measure ac.

Q13. How can a dArsonval meter movement be adapted for use as an ac meter?
By the use of a rectifier.

Q14. What is damping?
The process of "smoothing out" the oscillation in a meter movement.

Q15. What are two methods used to damp a meter movement?
As the coil moves through the field of the permanent magnet a current is induced in the coil
opposing the movement of the coil and a vane can be attached to the coil and placed in the airtight
chamber so that the movement of the vane opposes the movement of the coil.

Q16.What value does a meter movement react to actually measure when measuring
ac?
Average value.

Q17. What value is indicated on the scale of an ac meter?
Effective value (rms).

Q18.List three meter movements that can measure either ac or dc without the use of
a rectifier.
Electrodynamic, moving vane, and hot-wire or thermocouple.

Q19. What electrical property is used by all the meter movements discussed so far?
Current.

Q20. What electrical property does an ammeter measure?
Current.

Q21. How is an ammeter connected to the circuit under test?
In series.

Q22. How does an ammeter affect the circuit being measured?
Since the ammeter is a resistor in series with the load, it increases the resistance of the circuit and
lowers circuit current.

Q23. How is the ammeters effect on the circuit being measured kept to a minimum?
The resistance of the ammeter must be much smaller than the circuit load.

Q24. What is ammeter sensitivity?
The amount of current that will cause full-scale deflection.

Q25. What is used to allow an ammeter to measure different ranges?
Shunt resistors (internal or external).

Q26. Why should you use the highest range of an ammeter for the initial
measurement?
To prevent damage to the meter movement from excessive current.

Q27. What range of an ammeter is selected for the final measurement?
A range that allows a meter reading near the center of the scale.

Q28. List the six safety precautions for the use of ammeters.
a. Always connect an ammeter in series. b. Always start with the highest range.
c. In dc ammeters, observe the proper polarity.
d. Deenergize and discharge the circuit before connecting or disconnecting the ammeter.
e. Never use a dc ammeter to measure ac current.
f. Observe the general safety precautions of electric and electronic devices.

Q29. Why will an ammeter be damaged if connected in parallel with the circuit to be
measured?
Since the ammeter has a small resistance compared to the load, it will have very high current if it
is connected in parallel. This high current will damage the meter.

Q30. What electrical quantity is measured by a voltmeter?
Voltage.

Q31. How is a voltmeter connected to the circuit to be measured?
In parallel.

The connection of a voltmeter adds a resistance in parallel with the circuit changing the total circuit

Q33. How is the loading effect of a voltmeter kept to a minimum?
A voltmeter must have a high resistance compared to the circuit being measured.

Q34. How is it possible to use a current sensitive meter movement to measure
voltage?
Since the resistance of a meter movement remains the same as the pointer is deflected, the
amount
of current through the movement is proportional to the voltage applied. Therefore, only the scale
of the movement must be changed.

Q35. What is voltmeter sensitivity?
It is an indication of the resistance of the meter expressed in ohms per volt. The total resistance of
the meter is the sensitivity multiplied by the full-scale voltage.

Q36. What method is used to allow a voltmeter to have several ranges?
The use of resistors in series with the meter movement.

Q37. Why should you always use the highest range when connecting a voltmeter to a
circuit?
To prevent excess current through the meter movement.

Q38. What type of meter movement reacts to voltage rather than current?
Electrostatic.

Q39. What is the only use for the voltage sensitive meter movement?
High-voltage measurement.

Q40. List the six safety precautions for the use of voltmeters.
a. Always connect a voltmeter in parallel.
c. Deenergize and discharge the circuit before connecting or disconnecting the voltmeter.
d. In a dc voltmeter, observe the proper polarity.
e. Never use a dc voltmeter to measure ac voltage.
f. Observe the general safety precautions of electric and electronic devices.

Q41. What electrical quantity is measured by an ohmmeter?
Resistance.

Q42. What other measurement can an ohmmeter make?
Circuit continuity

Q43. How is a series-type ohmmeter connected to the circuit being measured?
The ohmmeter is connected in series with the resistance to be measured.

Q44. What is used to provide the ohmmeter with several ranges?
An ohmmeter has several internal range resistors and a switch or a series of jacks to select the
proper range.

Q45. What area of an ohmmeter scale should be used when measuring circuits?
The middle of the scale.

Q46. What are the two types of ohmmeters?
Series and shunt.

Q47. What is the most obvious difference between the two types of ohmmeters?

ohmmeters are the opposite.

Q48. List the four safety precautions observed when using ohmmeters.
a. Deenergize and discharge the circuit before connecting an ohmmeter.
b. Do not apply power to a circuit while measuring resistance.
c. Switch ohmmeters to the OFF position, if provided, or to highest range and remove meter leads
from the meter when finished measuring resistance.
d. Adjust the ohmmeter after changing resistance range and before measuring reading indicates
the resistance.

Q49. What is the primary use of a megger?
To measure high resistance.

Q50.What is the procedure for using megger to check the insulation of a conductor?
Connect one lead to the insulation and one lead to the conductor. Turn the handcrank until it starts

Q51. What is a normal indication on a megger when checking insulation?
Infinity.

Q52. List the four safety precautions observed when using a megger.
a. Use meggers for high-resistance measurement only.
b. Never touch the test leads when the handle is being cranked.
c. Deenergize and discharge the circuit completely before connecting a megger.
d. Disconnect the item being checked from other circuitry, if possible before using a megger.

Q53. What is a multimeter?
A single measuring device capable of performing the functions of a dc voltmeter and ammeter, an
ac voltmeter and ammeter, and an ohmmeter.

Q54. Why is a multimeter preferred over separate meters?
It is much more convenient to have one meter with several functions than several meters each with
a single function.

Q55.How is a multimeter changed from a voltage measuring device to a resistance
measuring device?
By changing the position of the function switch.

Q56. Why is the dc scale on a multimeter different than the ac scale?
The meter movement reacts to average ac voltage and current and the effective value is desired.

Q57. What is the reason for having a mirror on the scale of a multimeter?
To stop parallax error.

Q58. How is the mirror on a multimeter used?
Make sure no image of the pointer is visible in the mirror when reading the meter.

Q59. List the 11 safety precautions for multimeters.
a. Deenergize and discharge the circuit completely before connecting or disconnecting a
multimeter.
b. Never apply power to the circuit while measuring resistance with a multimeter.
c. Connect the multimeter in series with the circuit for current measurements, and in parallel for
voltage measurements.
d. Be certain the multimeter is switched to ac before attempting to measure ac circuits.
e. Observe proper dc polarity when measuring dc.
f. When you are finished with a multimeter, switch it to the OFF position, if available. If there is no
OFF position, switch the multimeter to the highest ac voltage position.
h. Select a final range that allows a reading near the middle of the scale.
i. Adjust the "0 ohms" reading after changing resistance ranges and before making a resistance
measurement.
j. Be certain to read ac measurements on the ac scale of a multimeter.
k. Observe the general safety precautions for electrical and electronic devices.

Q60. Why would you use a hook-on voltameter instead of a multimeter?
To measure current safely and easily (with no need to disconnect the wiring of the circuit).

Q61. What electrical quantity is measured by a wattmeter?
Power.

Q62. What electrical quantity is measured by a watt-hour meter?
Energy.
Q63. What is the quantity shown on the watt-hour meter in figure 1-46?
5.945 megawatt-hours, or 5,945 kilowatt-hours, or 5,945, 000 watt-hours.

Q64. What are two types of frequency meters?
Vibrating reed and moving disk.

Q65. What type of meter is shown and what is the value of the quantity being
measured for each meter in figure1-49?
a. A dc ammeter, 90 mA dc b. A dc voltmeter, 200 V dc
c. An ac voltmeter, 4.6 V ac
d. An ohmmeter, 400 ohms

Q66. What meter reading is shown on each multimeter in each part of figure 1-50?
(A) 410 mA dc; (B) 3.9 mA ac; (C) -22 V dc; (D) 600 V ac; (E) 1.4 V ac; (F) 1.9 kohms

Q67. Which part of figure1-50 shows the switch positions the multimeter should be
left in when the meter is secured?
Figure1-50(D).

Q68. What type of meter is shown and what is the value of the quantity being
measured for each meter in figure 1-51?
(A) Megger (megohmmeter), infinity
(B) Wattmeter, 9.5 kilowatts (9,500 watts).
(C) Watt-hour meter, 2.693 megawatt-hours 2,693 kilowatt-hours) (2,693,000 watt-hours).

Q69. If the insulation of a conductor was being measured in figure1-51 (A), would
the reading indicate a good insulation?
Yes.

Q70. What type of frequency meter is shown and what is the value indicated for each
meter in Figure 1-52?
(A) Vibrating-reed, 60Hz.
(B) Moving-disk, 58 Hz.