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Review of Tektronix: ABCs of Probes

Download ABCs of Probes (2005, 48 pages, 1.1 MB pdf file) NOTE: The latest version can be downloaded from the Tektronix Oscilloscope Tutorial Learning Center, but you have to register first (you can also get several other very good tutorials from there).

This is a very popular introduction to probes. It is quite easy to understand, for some parts you should have a basic knowledge of AC circuits (if you lack this knowledge - you can find some good sources on the basic linear circuit analysis page). But even if you are new to electronics, you can find some excelent advice about selecting the right probe and using it correctly here.

There are several safety notes which you should read very carefully, especially pages 44 and 45. One particular important issue are floating measurements, see page 19 and the grey DANGER box on page 20. Defeating the oscilloscope's ground circuit to enable floating measurements is an extremely dangerous practice that may kill you if the scope's chassis floats at a deadly potential.

You may also be interested in some other Recommendations for Introductions to Oscilloscopes.

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