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In a cathode ray oscilloscope moving the amplitude knob of the function generator moves the graph on the display of the CRO vertically, similarly, moving the volts/div knob of the CRO also moves the graph vertically whats the difference between both the movements?
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The amplitude knob on the function generator changes what the internal
signal is multiplied by before it goes to the output. It should
expand/contract the signal. It will only move it up or down if the
signal has a dc component.
The volts/div knob on the CRO does the same thing to the input
signal before it goes to the display. So if everything works the way it
should, the knobs do the same thing. (What's different is the voltage
of the signal in the wires between the function generator and the
Often it's a good idea to turn up the amplitude at an early stage,
since that lets you turn down the amplification at a later stage. That
minimizes how much you amplify stray pickup in the wires, etc. Of
course, the gain at each stage has to be low enough to avoid
overloading any of the amplifiers in the devices.
(republished on 07/19/06)
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