|Tektronix Type 422 Oscilloscope|
So what can you do with an oscilloscope?
- You can determine how the voltage of a signal changes with respect to time.
- You can calculate the frequency and period of a waveform.
- You can test for malfunctioning components causing signal distortion.
- You can measure a DC voltage in a circuit.
- You can find what component of a signal is direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC).
- You can tell how much of the signal is noise and whether the noise is changing with time.
- You can attach a transducer and measure all manner of phenomena.
- You can create Lissajous figures.
- You can measure the timing of events having very brief durations.
- You can visualize signals.
- You can build a scope clock.
- You can check a DC power supply for AC leakage due to a bad capacitor.
- You can test to determine if components in a circuit are functioning correctly (resistors, capacitors, inductors, and semiconductors).
- You can measure the phase shift between two sinusoidal signals.
- You can measure the RMS value of a noise signal.
- You can use an oscilloscope as a very cool prop in a play or movie.
- And so much more....
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