Checking tangency state of crunode.

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My vintage probe-style multimeter started playing up and I decided it
was time to replace it.

I got a new one from Jaycar - QM-1498.

It has one slide switch and four push-buttons on it. One of the
buttons is marked "LI". As far as I can fathom, LI stands for "Low
Impedance", and it appears that pressing this button while in AC or DC
volt mode connects an extra resistor across the probes to reduce the
normal 10M input resistance to 400K. The leaflet says that this "may
check the tangency state of the crunode".

Wikipedia tells me that a crunode is a point on a self-intersecting
curve where there are two distinct tangents. However this does not
help me to understand how to measure the tangency state.

Actually I don't even know when or why I would want to do that, so I'm
not sure why a relatively inexpensive multimeter would have a special
button to help me do it.

Can anybody enlighten me?

Andy Wood

Re: Checking tangency state of crunode.

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Hmmm, how does this interpretation sound?:  If the resistor loads the
circuit the waveform height would be lower under load IOW it will be
"Checked" using another meaning of the word checked. If the wave height
is lower then the tangents would change and the so would the crunonde.

This changing crunode must obviously be how guitarists get their guitar
amplifier to sound "Crunchy".

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Well, it looks like nobody has a better explanation, so you may be

I found that some Fluke meters have a what they call the 'LoZ'
function which reduces the meter impedance, apparently down to about
3K, rather than the stated 400K of the Jaycar meter. As far as I can
see, Fluke don't go off an a tangent talking about crunodes though.
Instead they suggest that sparkies could use use this function for
ghost busting  (not getting mislead by voltage readings on
non-energised wires due to capacitive coupling from adjacent energised

Andy Wood

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