Oscilloscopes (also spelled oscillators) are mechanical devices designed for the measurement of electrical fields using a rotating magnetic field. An oscilloscope, in common terminology, and also abbreviated as OCS, CRO, DSO, or RO, is a form of electronic device that shows varying voltage signals, typically as a result of one or more waves as a function of duration, as a result of the movement of an object, which can be either moving or stationary.
What Are The Types of Oscilloscopes?
Oscilloscopes have been around for a long time and are still being used today. Early oscilloscopes were designed by combining two different pieces of machinery; the main apparatus was the oscillator and the next piece of equipment was the meter stick that measuring the force applied to the oscillator. Because of the need for two separate mechanisms to achieve the results desired, oscilloscopes were invented.
The function of an oscilloscope uses the force that is measured by the meter stick to provide a graphical representation of the changes in voltage that occur when the force is applied to it. The analog type of oscilloscope provides the user with the ability to measure the time and frequency of each change and determine its magnitude. It is also capable of measuring the amount of current passing through the device. Another type of oscilloscope is the digital multimeter which provides the user with more functions compared to the analog type.