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Heathkit - How To Understand and Use Your Oscilloscope EF-2

How To Understand And Use Your Oscilloscope, part of the Technical Application Series (November 1962). This 200 page digital book in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format has been designed to help you reach a thorough understanding of one of the primary tools of electronics, the oscilloscope. Although the text assumes no previous electrical knowledge on your part, it was written to furnish you with a great deal of useful information, regardless of whether you are experienced in electronics, or just a beginner.

If you are just starting in electronics, this book should be quite helpful, not only in understanding the oscilloscope, which is important enough to itself, but also in understanding basic electronic circuits. To understand basic electronic circuits is to understand the building blocks of the age of electronics.

Part I of this book offers an introduction to the nature of and the need for oscilloscopes; it also gives oscilloscope operating instructions. Part II gives the complete assembly instructions for the test chassis (not included) and the special quick-connect test parts (also not included).

Part III of this book explains the basic theory of electricity. The text in each chapter has been prepared to make learning the basic principles of electricity as easy and interesting as possible. To give you practical demonstrations of the concepts involved, Part IV of the book makes use of the basic principles learned in Part III to explain the theory of oscilloscope operation.

Part V of this book gives instructions for maintenance and repairs your oscilloscope might need. Part V should be used with, not in place of the information furnished with your oscilloscope by its manufacturer.

Part VI describes special types of oscilloscopes and oscilloscope applications. After Part VI a Bibliography lists a number of publications where additional information about oscilloscopes can be obtained. A Glossary of Terms provides you with a handy list where you can quickly look up the definitions of common electronic and oscilloscope terms.

One of a series of Learn-by-Doing Technical Application books prepared especially for Individual Home Study or Group Classroom Instruction. The book is divided into six parts:


PART I - An Introduction to the Oscilloscope
Chapter 1
Chapter 2 - Oscilloscope Operation

PART II - Test Chassis and Parts Assembly
Audio Oscillator Schematic
Construction Notes
Parts List
Proper Soldering Techniques
Step-By-Step Procedure
Step-By-Step Assembly
In Case of Difficulty
Service Information
Factory Repair Service

PART III - Basic Principles of Electronics
Chapter 1 - Electricity-The Flow of Electrons
Chapter 2 - Ohms Law
Chapter 3 - DC and AC
Chapter 4 - Capacitors
Chapter 5 - Inductance and Impedance
Chapter 6 - Semiconductors
Chapter 7 - Vacuum Tubes
Chapter 8 - Oscillators

PART IV - Oscilloscope Theory
Chapter 1 - The Cathode Ray Tube
Chapter 2 - Power Supply
Chapter 3 - Sweep Circuits
Chapter 4 - Amplifiers
Chapter 5 - Synchronization

PART V - Oscilloscope Maintenance
Chapter 1 - Troubleshooting-General Principles
Chapter 2 - Internal Adjustments

PART VI - Oscilloscope Applications
Chapter 1 - Waveform Measurements
Chapter 2 - Accessories and Special Oscilloscopes
Chapter 3 - Use of the Oscilloscope in Radio-TV-FM Service Work
Chapter 4 - Audio and Hi Fi Applications
Chapter 5 - Amateur Radio Transmitter Applications For Your Oscilloscope
Chapter 6 - The Oscilloscope As a Teaching Aid
Chapter 7 - Waveform Photography
Chapter 8 - Medical Applications


This book uses the Model IO-12 Oscilloscope in all drawings as an example of a typical oscilloscope. No matter what make or model oscilloscope you have, you will find that it will have most of the same controls, but they may be at different locations. The knowledge gained from this Technical Application book should enable you to pursue a hobby in electronics and it may even enable you to do some professional repair work.

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