DC POWER SUPPLY:
Find the DC power supply associated with your workbench. Using the proper cables, connect the DC
power supply to a voltage meter. Be sure you change the meter from measuring resistance to actually
measure voltage. Using the controls on the DC Power supply, adjust the output voltage to 5V and to
10V. Notice that you may need to use different outputs to get the desired 0V-10V range. Show the
instructor that you can set the voltage to 10V and 5V.
Select two resistors from the resistor selection bins. The first resistor must be 1W or 10W. This
resistor will be used as a “current sense” resistor, called Rs. Then select another resistor, R1, that is within
the range 1kW § R1 § 50kW.
1. Measure, with a Multimeter, the resistance values of R1 and Rs.
2. Connect R1 and Rs in series on the breadboard.
3. Now measure the total series resistance. Does the Rs resistance “really” impact the total
4. Make sure the power is off to the DC power supply. Then connect the positive DC voltage
terminal to R1. Then connect the ground (GND) DC voltage terminal to the Rs using a
combination of cables and wires.
5. Calculate, using Ohms law, how much current you expect to flow through R1, if the DC
voltage is 5V. Record this value and the equation you used.
6. Ensure the DC voltage is still 5V. Then measure the voltage across Rs. Using your recorded
resistance value and measured voltage, calculate the current through R1. Does it match your
calculations in step 5?
7. Show your results to the instructor and get signoff.
8. Turn off the DC power supply.
Potentiometer Part A:
Obtain a 10K potentiometer and complete the following tasks, first with no DC Power connected.
1. Measure and record the total resistance across the device. (i.e. the outer terminals).
2. Turn the “knob” on the potentiometer. Does the total resistance change?
3. Measure the resistance between an outer terminal of the potentiometer and the middle
terminal, as you adjust the “knob”.
a. What is the minimum resistance you measure
b. What is the maximum resistance?
4. Adjust the resistance between an outer terminal and the middle terminal so it is 5KW.
Show your results to the instructor and get signoff.
Potentiometer Part B:
Now, apply 5V DC across the potentiometer and measure the voltage from the middle terminal to the
ground side of the potentiometer, we will call this the output voltage. Answer the following questions:
1. What is the output voltage if the potentiometer was left at the 5KW position defined in the
2. What do you expect the minimum output voltage to be? What do you expect the maximum to
3. Turn the knob and validate your results from the previous step.
4. Disconnect the DC power supply and then measure the output resistance at the point where
your output voltage reaches its minimum. What is the value of this resistance? Does this
value make sense to you?