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-  * **Description**: A multimeter is an instrument used to measure electrical resistance, voltage, and current. Each students is required to have a digital multimeter for this class. We recommend purchasing a modestly low-cost meter in the range $15 to $35 for this class. A $15 multimeter is perfectly adequate. $5 multimeter may work, but we have had difficulty with such inexpensive meters in the past. Lab technicians, electricians and engineers often use multimeters costing $200 or more, but that level of multimeter is not necessary for this class.  +=== Description === 
-Students purchasing multimeters on-line should consider pooling their orders to get volume discounts (for 10 or more) and to reduce shipping costs. + 
-  * **Purpose**: Students will be taught how to use a multimeter to troubleshoot electrical circuits, and to verify important fundamental principles of DC circuits. +A multimeter is an instrument used to measure electrical resistance, voltage, and current. Each students is required to have a digital multimeter for this class. We recommend purchasing a modestly low-cost meter in the range $15 to $35 for this class. A $15 multimeter is perfectly adequate. 
-  * **Source**:  + 
-     * Sparkfun sells a decent, low cost {{https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12966|digital multimeter}} for $15 plus shipping. The multimeter has all the functions necessary for class, but it is not auto-ranging.  + 
-     * Amazon sells a low-cost {{http://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-3310-Hands-Free-Digital-Multimeter/dp/B000GKEXWA/ref=sr_1_8?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1411583365&sr=1-8&keywords=digital+multimeter | multimeter}} for $20 plus shipping. This multimeter will work for the class.  +Free advice:  DO NOT buy a $5 multimeter.  Students have had difficulty with those inexpensive meters in the past. 
-     * The local Fry's store has a low-cost, {{http://www.frys.com/product/6449882|digital multimeter}} for $20. + 
-Better multimeters are autoranging, which makes measurement easier. But, the multimeter shown will work well for this course. +=== Purpose === 
-  * **Approximate Cost**: $15+Students will be taught how to use a multimeter to troubleshoot electrical circuits, and to verify important fundamental principles of DC circuits. 
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 +=== Approximate Cost === 
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 +A $15, multifunction multimeter is fine.  Don't buy the cheap $5 multimeters. 
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 +=== Sources ===  
 +  * Sparkfun sells a decent, low cost {{https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12966|digital multimeter}} for $15 plus shipping. The multimeter has all the functions necessary for class, but it is not auto-ranging.  
 +  * Amazon sells a {{https://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-3320-Auto-Ranging-Digital-Multimeter/dp/B000EVYGZA/|digital multimeter}} for $24 plus shipping. Another {{https://www.amazon.com/Multimeter-Crenova-MS8233D-Auto-Ranging-Multimeters/dp/B00KXX2OYY/|less expensive}} multimeter is available for $18. Either multimeter will work for the class.  
 +  * The local Fry's store has a low-cost, {{http://www.frys.com/product/6449882|digital multimeter}} for $12. Better multimeters are autoranging, which makes measurement easier. But, the multimeter shown will work well for this course.
  
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