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Homework Help: Voltage vs. Time

  1. Sep 18, 2010 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Your lab partner is opening and closing the tap switch to turn on and off the voltage from a battery. If you see the following trace on the screen and the VOLTS/DIV knob is set to 0.5 V and the TIME/DIV dial is set to 2s/DIV, you can tell that the voltage of the battery is approximately how many volts?

    2. Relevant equations
    No known equations that I know of...

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Well we know that the y axis is all together .5 volts, and the x axis is 2 seconds..so it would common to just multiply .5 by 2..however, it's not one of the choices. So I thought that in the graph since there are three tick marks, you would divide .5/3 and 2/3 and then multiply that together..still did not get it correct..I don't know what I am doing wrong, that was how I was shown it was done.

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  3. Sep 19, 2010 #2


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    Time scale is unrelated to the problem.

    Your signal seems to be almost three ticks high, doesn't it? And there is 0.5V per tick, yes?

    That's not different from using a ruler to measure something.
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