Funny story....

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Funny story....

Post by psycho » Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:24 pm

I was talking with my 8yr old son and we were having fun playing with my DMM. I left him alone for a minute to answer my cellphone and a in a few minutes, he was asking "What does K mean". I told him it meant kilo. He then said "the K between the speaker and the headphones". I had to scratch my head for a minute. What he meant was the Continuity test (speaker looking symbol on the low end of the scale) and the Ohm symbol on the other side of the scale (I guess it does look like a computer's headphone symbol). I thought it was extremely funny!

For reference, this is the meter we were working with: ... l/8883.jpg
(the symbols in question are on the top left (cont.) and top right (Ohms))


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Re: Funny story....

Post by reloadron » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:02 am

That is pretty humorous and shows the kid was thinking.

Ω = Headphones

Never knew your meter supported headphones huh? :smile:


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Re: Funny story....

Post by kheston » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:07 am

He had no idea somebody thought they were being clever by using Greek letters. He's right, actually, Omega does look like a set of headphones. He'll build rockets someday.

My boys make similar mistakes in thinking logically. For instance, when they first learned to speak I would ask, "you're not hungry, right?" Conventionally, us adult nitwits answer, "No" which is short for "No, I'm not." However, when asked this same question, my two youngest sons both answered at first (though they started speaking 2 years apart from one another) with, "Yes" meaning "Yes, you are correct." Their answer was correct in response to the question, was it not? Yet, I had to correct them. Your boy probably thought resistance might have the symbol "R" instead, silly him.
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Re: Funny story....

Post by gerty » Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:40 am

I worked for a major manufacturer and the forktruck repairman often called me for electronic diagnosis. He was an exellent mechanic, but electronics often bewildered him. One day he had a diode problem and I set his meter to diode check. When we were done, he asked about the
"arrowhead checker" function. He said he often wondered what that was and how it worked.

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