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# Electrical Fundamentals EECE1470

Lab Exercise 1 DMM, Breadboards, Resistors, and DC Voltage Objectives To gain experience working with the lab equipment. To classify resistors in accordance with standard color code. To compare estimated to actual resistance and discuss tolerance. To measure DC voltage. Equipment A 10K and a 1K resistor Digital Multimeter (DMM) Breadboard (BB) Two meter leads one red and one black. Two banana leads c/w clips one red and one black. Breadboard The breadboard (prototype board) is used to quickly build and test a circuit. Components and wires are inserted into the holes in the board to make the required electrical connections. In Figure 1, you can see wires used to help create the path. The components are inserted into the holes in the board. Some components allow electrical current to run in only one direction, while for others, the direction does not matter. Note: the large component in the middle is an assembly of several components. Figure 1 Figure 2 shows how the breadboard holes are connected. Note: The 2 parallel side rows and many middle rows run at 90 to each other, and are not connected to each other. The middle rows are separated by gap that runs down the middle. Some boards also separate the side rows into 2 sections, top and bottom. Figure 2 The top wire brings current from one side row to the middle row. All three devices have one terminal on this power row. (Assume that power is supplied to the side row somewhere else.) The current flows through the devices and returns along the bottom middle row, through the wire and back along the other side row. Figure 3

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## Measuring Voltage in a DC circuit.

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When a multi-meter is connected to measure DC voltage, NEVER EVER turn the selector switch to a current or ohm range. You may damage the meter. 1. Make sure the red test lead is attached to the terminal marked for volts (V). 2. Attach the black test lead to the terminal marked COM. 3. If you are unsure of the voltage, set the meter to the highest rating. For this lab, set the meter scale to measure 20v in the V section of the scale. When only the figure 1 is displayed, it indicates an over range situation, and a higher range must be selected. 4. Voltage is measured across any component through which current flows, so connect the positive (red) terminal of the meter to the point which is electrically closest to the positive side of the component your are measuring across. Connect the negative (black) terminal to the other side of the component. Procedure 1. Build the circuit shown on the schematic below on your breadboard. For R1 use the 1K resistor. For R2 use the 10k resistor. 2. Set the power supply voltage to 10 volts. 3. Measure and record in table 2, the voltage at V1, V2 and V3. Table 2 Schematic Measured Voltage
+ +
R1
V

V1

V1
(R1=1K)

PS 10VDC
V

+
R2
V

V3

V2
(R2=10K)

V2 -

V3
(RT)

Demonstrate how you took your measurements to your instructor. Be sure the instructor initials the submission sheet. Questions 1. Use Ohms Law to calculate the total current through the circuit. Use the measured voltage and actual resistor values in your calculation. (Hint: You will need to find the total resistance first.)

2. Calculate what the voltage should be at V1, V2 and V3 based on your answer from 1.

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## Electrical Fundamentals EECE1470

Lab Exercise 1 DMM, Breadboards, Resistors and Ohms Law Submission Sheet All labs require a title page with lab title, course name, instructor name, date and your name. See the scratch drive (k:\) for an example. Neatness counts. Lab reports are due at the START of your next scheduled lab period. Late labs will not be accepted. Table 1 Nominal Value 1K 10K 1st Band colour 2nd Band colour X colour Tolerance value Actual resistance Diff. % Diff.

Schematic
+
R1
V

+ V1

Measured Voltage V1
(R1=1K)
V

PS 10VDC

+
R2
V

V3

V2
(R2=10K)

V2 -

V3
(RT)

Instructor Initials:_______________ 1. Use Ohms Law to calculate the total current through the circuit. Use the measured voltage and actual resistor values in your calculation. (Hint: You will need to find the total resistance first.)

2. Calculate what the voltage should be at V1, V2 and V3 based on your answer from 1.

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## Electrical Fundamentals EECE1470

Marking Scheme /2 Completed/demonstrated the lab and initialed by the lab instructor. /1 Title page /1 Neatness /1 Table 1 correct /1 Measured voltages complete /1 Question 1 calculations /1 Question 1 correct answer /1 Question 2 example calculation /1 Question 2 correct answer /10 Total

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