Part Four - The Agilent 34401A Digital Multimeter 1. Measuring DC

Part Four - The Agilent 34401A Digital Multimeter 1. Measuring DC
Excepts from: ”An Introduction to Using the Agilent 54622D Digital Oscilloscope, E3631A DC Power
Supply, 34401A Digital Multimeter, and 33220A Arbitrary Waveform Generator”
by Walter Banzhaf, University of Hartford, Ward College of Technology, USA
Part Four - The Agilent 34401A Digital Multimeter
1. Measuring DC and AC Voltage
2. Measuring Resistance
3. Measuring Current
Part Four – The Agilent 34401A Digital Multimeter
The DMM (digital multimeter) is a very important laboratory instrument. This
section will show you how to make three of the basic measurements: voltage,
resistance and current. The 34401A has many capabilities beyond measuring V,
R and I; consult the Agilent User's Guide for information on measuring frequency,
period, continuity & diodes, and using the many features and functions of this
DMM.
When you turn the DMM on, it will be in the "Power-On and Reset State":
Function
= DC volts
Input resistance
= 10M Ω (may be changed to 10G Ω ! for 100 mV, 1 V, & 10
V DC ranges)
Range
Resolution
= Autorange
= 5½ digits
Measuring DC and AC Voltage
Key points:
¾ You must insert the voltmeter leads across the two points in a circuit
for which you want to measure the voltage. Use the red and black input
jacks as shown below.
¾ You can use the rear panel red and black input jacks also (be sure to
select front or rear).
¾ If you use front and rear, you can easily and quickly select one of two
voltages.
¾ The DMM will Autorange, unless you override it by selecting a range.
¾ You can choose the number of digits displayed, using the DIGITS buttons.
¾ Be sure to select DC V or AC V, as needed.
¾ AC voltage displayed is the true RMS value of the waveform.
¾ AC voltage is accurate to less than 1% up to 100 kHz.
¾ Input impedance for AC V is 1M Ω in parallel with 100 pF (not including
test leads).
¾ Input resistance for DC V is 10M Ω, unless changed to 10G Ω ! for 100
mV, 1 V, & 10 V DC ranges
Use these two red
and black terminals.
Measuring Resistance
Key points:
¾ NEVER measure resistance in a "live" circuit. Turn off all power to the
circuit.
¾ If an ohmmeter is used in a "live" circuit, at best you will get incorrect
readings; at worst you can seriously damage the DMM.
¾ You must insert the ohmmeter leads across the two points in a circuit
for which you want to measure the resistance. Use the red and black input
jacks as shown below.
¾ Use the red and black input jacks (on the right) as shown below.
¾ You can use the rear panel red and black input jacks also (be sure to
select front or rear).
¾ If you use front and rear, you can easily and quickly select one of two
voltages.
¾ The DMM will Autorange, unless you override it by selecting a range.
¾ You can choose the number of digits displayed, using the DIGITS buttons.
¾ Be sure to select Ω 2W (ohms, two-wire).
¾ Ω 4W (ohms, four-wire) is a more complex measurement that gives
greater accuracy by eliminating the contact resistance (of the leads to the
device under test).
¾ Make sure your hands don't contact both test leads; if they do, then you're
measuring the device under test in parallel with you.
¾ See User's Guide page 216 for the test current for each resistance range.
Measuring Current
Key points:
¾ You must insert the ammeter leads in series to measure current in a
circuit.
¾ Use the red and black input jacks (on the right) as shown below.
¾ You can use the rear panel red and black input jacks also (be sure to
select front or rear).
¾ If you use front and rear, you can easily and quickly select one of two
currents.
¾ The DMM will Autorange, unless you override it by selecting a range.
¾ You can choose the number of digits displayed, using the DIGITS buttons.
¾ Be sure to select DC I or AC I to measure DC and AC current.
¾ See User's Guide page 216 for the "Burden Voltage" for each current
range.
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