What is an Ammeter? - Definition & Function


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What does an ammeter measure in a circuit?

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1. What happens when an ammeter is set up in a parallel connection with the part of the circuit where you want to measure current?

2. Ammeters are built with _____ resistances in them so they do not affect the flow of current through the circuit when set up, and can get a correct reading.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ammeters get their name from ampere, the standard unit of measurement for electric currents. The quiz/worksheet combination will assess your understanding of the use and set up of ammeters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assessments will test you on the following:

  • Facts about ammeters
  • Placement of ammeters
  • What an ammeter measures

Skills Practiced

Students will practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge Application- use your knowledge to answer questions about how ammeter set up effects circuits
  • Information Recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding how an ammeter has to be set up to measure currents from various resistors
  • Reading Comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the ammeter lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about ammeters, review the accompanying lesson, What is an Ammeter? - Definition & Function. Objectives covered include:

  • Define ammeter
  • The measurement of current vs. voltage
  • View diagrams of accurately and inaccurately placed ammeters